http://uk.movies.ign.com/articles/843/843283p1.html Harry Potter Gets Serious Daniel Radcliffe will play a slain photographer in Journey. by Chris Tilly, IGN UK UK, January 2, 2008 - Daniel Radcliffe is about to tackle his first truly grown-up role, playing slain photographer Dan Eldon in forthcoming drama Journey. The Harry Potter star fought off competition from Orlando Bloom, Heath Ledger, Ryan Phillippe and Joaquin Phoenix to land the coveted role in the film, which will chronicle Eldon's journey to war-torn Somalia and his murder at the hands of an angry mob in 1993. According to British newspaper The Guardian, Kathy Eldon, Dan's mother, refused to sell the rights to her son's story until she found exactly the right actor for the job. "The timing is right and the person is right and I couldn't ask for more," explained Kathy. "He has portrayed a magician for years and my Dan was a different kind of magician. There are parallels in the two Dans' lives. Daniel Radcliffe is a poet, he keeps journals and he's half Jewish. He has a puckishness, sense of humour and energy inside him which remind me of Dan." - Theo Wargo/WireImage.com Radcliffe is set to play his most serious role yet in Journey. Eldon was a keen photographer when he travelled to Kenya with a family friend to take pictures of refugees from the war in Somalia. In 1992 he went to the country on assignment for Reuters and his photographs helped draw attention to the escalating violence. On the day he was due to return home to England, Eldon photographed the aftermath of a U.N. bomb that mistakenly killed 74 innocent Somalis. While there, a crowd of locals erupted in anger at the attack and surrounded, stoned and beat to death Eldon and three of his journalist colleagues. Brownen Hughes (Forces of Nature, Harriet the Spy) will helm the pic, with Shine scribe Jan Sardi on writing duties.