His director might be off doing his own version of Doctor Who, but keep Daniel Radcliffe out of it.
Radcliffe, who played the title role in eight Harry Potter movies, told Digital Spy that he hasn't even considered joining David Yates' plans to bring Doctor Who to the movie screen. And he won't.
"I don't know if I could play him," Radcliffe said, while doing publicity for his new film, "The Woman in Black."
"Matt Smith plays [The Doctor] and does a wonderful job. They don't need me."
On top of that, Radcliffe couldn't imagine himself invading someone else's work.
"I would never presume to jump into somebody else's franchise, not at all," he said.
That effectively takes Radcliffe out of the controversy surrounding a proposed feature film based loosely on the BBC's iconic "Doctor Who" series. That controversy has not just been in fandom, but within the halls of BBC as well with current showrunner Steven Moffat the most vocal against such a move.
Yates has said in more than one interview that he plans on doing his own version of Doctor Who, and it will take place completely outside of the universe set up for the television show. It would include a fresh writer (likely Harry Potter screenwriter Steve Kloves) and a new actor to play the title role.
Moffat, however, has said that if there is a Doctor Who movie in the works, it will star Matt Smith, not someone else, and will be a part of the universe that was first established in 1963 and was re-established under Russell T. Davies when the show was revived in 2005.
While it might seem that even Radcliffe is against what Yates is doing, he did remain diplomatic. He told Digital Spy that Yates could "do a wonderful job" in such a project, and that "whoever he casts will have a very good time with him."
Yates, primarily a television director himself in the early days, joined the J.K. Rowling movie franchise in 2007 with "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." He stayed on to direct the remaining films, including "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" in 2009, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1" in 2010 and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2" in 2011.
He most recently directed the World War II drama "St. Nazaire" with writer Joe Fisher, and is in pre-production for "Your Voice in My Head" with writer Emma Forrest.
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