From Harry Potter to Mogadishu

Daniel Radcliffe, star of the Harry Potter films, is set to portray Reuters war photographer Dan Eldon who was stoned and beaten to death along with Hansi Krauss, Anthony Macharia also from Reuters and Hos Maina from the Associated Press in Mogadishu in July 1993. The film is called Journey and will be directed by Bronwen Hughes,

‘The timing is right and the person is right and I couldn’t ask for more,’ said [Eldon’s mother] Kathy, a journalist, producer and activist. ‘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.’ link

All profits from the film will go to the Creative Visions Foundation. Eldon’s posthumously published journal, The Journey is the Destination, has sold nearly 200,000 copies. His journals can be seen online.