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Daniel Radcliffe Goes Undercover As a Neo-Nazi in Intense 'Imperium' Trailer

by Zach Seemayer 9:05 PM PDT, July 05, 2016
Photo: Lionsgate

Daniel Radcliffe is going undercover in his terrifying new thriller, Imperium.

The former Harry Potter star, whose recent roles in Now You See Me 2 and Swiss Army Man have been relatively fun and comedic, is delving into much darker territory in the upcoming film, in which his character, an FBI agent, goes undercover as a racist skinhead to infiltrate a group of white supremacists suspected of planning a terror attack with a dirty bomb.

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If the trailer is any indication, this could be the 26-year-old actor's most harrowing film to date.

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In this suspenseful, moody glimpse at the intense drama, Radcliffe shaves his head bald, reads up on his racist rhetoric and even gets some unsavory tattoos to pose as a neo-Nazi terrorist, and it soon becomes clear that he is in way over his head.

The film, which is based on real events, was co-written by former FBI agent Michael German, who actually spent years undercover documenting the actions of a neo-Nazi group.

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With the gritty realism of American History X and the undercover tension of The Departed, Radcliffe's new thriller looks like it could be one of the scariest movies of the summer.

Imperium, co-starring Toni Collette, Nestor Carbonell and Sam Trammell, hits theaters August 19.

Recently, Radcliffe spoke with ET about his bizarre comedy Swiss Army Man, alongside his co-star, Paul Dano. Check out the hilarious interview below.

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