Daniel Radcliffe is lost in the Amazon in the upcoming survival-drama Jungle, directed by Aussie helmer Greg McLean (Wolf Creek, The Belko Experiment).
Shot around Mount Tambourine in Queensland and in the jungles of Columbia, this Australian production tells the true story of Yossi Ghinsberg (Radcliffe), a young Israeli who decided to head on an adventure backpacking into the Amazon. He and two fellow travellers made the mistake of following a charming man off the well-traveled path in search of gold, a mistake that found Ghinsberg lost for three weeks in the treacherous Amazon jungle.
Radcliffe continues to make interesting choices in his post-Harry Potter career. He played a horn-sprouting murder suspect in Horns, an undercover white supremacist in Imperium, and was lost in a jungle with Paul Dano in Swiss Army Man, although the latter was a little different to this one: he played a farting corpse. This looks like a strong adventure film, with Radcliffe appearing to put in his all and McLean making a welcome turn from horror fare.
Jungle, also starring Alex Russell, Thomas Kretschmann, Yasmin Kassim, Joel Jackson and Jacek Koman, will have its world premiere as the opening film of the 66th Melbourne International Film Festival on August 3. The film will be hitting Aussie and U.S. cinemas later this year. Stay tuned for release dates.
Screen Australia synopsis for Jungle:
Young Israeli, Yossi Ghinsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), leaves a safe future behind to chase an improbable dream in the mysterious depths of the Amazon rainforest. For a year, he journeys on the path well-traveled, but when he and two new fellow adventurers, Kevin Gale (Alex Russell) and Marcus Stamm (Joel Jackson), meet the darkly charismatic Karl Ruchprecter (Thomas Kretschmann), and follow him into the jungle, what begins as the realization of a dream soon turns into a harrowing psychological test of faith and fortitude. A true story of survival against all odds, based on the international best-selling memoir by Yossi Ghinsberg.