The Harry Potter actor will play young lawyer Arthur Kipps in Hammer Films’ feature adaptation of the best selling novel.

Daniel Radcliffe has signed up to star in Hammer Films’ feature adaptation of The Woman In Black, which is due to start shooting in the autumn.

Radcliffe will play young lawyer Arthur Kipps, who is sent to an old and isolated house to sort out a recently deceased client’s papers. Whilst there, he starts to uncover a series of tragic secrets and discovers that the local village is held hostage by the ghost of a scorned woman.

Radcliffe said he was “incredibly excited” to be starring in the film, which is being directed by James Watkins and is being adapted from Susan Hill’s bestselling novel turned stage play by Kick Ass writer Jane Goldman.

“It is thrilling to be working with James Watkins. From his brilliant work on Eden Lake and also having met him and heard his vision for the film, I know he will make a fantastic film,” he added.

Watkins said of the casting:  “’When I met Dan, it was quite uncanny how closely our thoughts on the story mirrored each other: I can’t wait to get down to work with him to fashion a compelling character and a classy ghost story that tugs at the heart and chills to the bone.”

Simon Oakes, who is producing The Woman In Black for Exclusive’s Hammer Films said he was “thrilled to have Daniel on board. I can think of no better actor to play the role of Arthur Kipps.  I’m confident that under the direction of James Watkins, he’ll take Jane Goldman’s script and deliver an utterly intense and compelling performance.”

Exclusive Media International is handling international sales on the project, which Alliance will distribute the film through its network of Momentum (UK), Aurum (Spain), and Alliance (Canada).