No one would accuse Daniel Radcliffe of taking the easy path post Harry Potter. With Swiss Army Man – in which Radcliffe plays a farting corpse – en route and turns as Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings (2013) and the devilish Ig in Horns (2013) behind him, he is very obviously not afraid to take on challenging projects. His latest, undercover neo-Nazi drama Imperium, is very much in the same spirit.
Radcliffe here is Nate Foster, an idealistic young FBI analyst with little field experience who is handed a tough assignment by boss Toni Collette (Little Miss Sunshine). He is going undercover with a radical right-wing terrorist group, and will need to delve into his new personality to pass muster with the white supremacists he will be looking to help take down.
Writer and director Daniel Ragussis, who has been making short films, seems have stayed clear from in-too-deep style of thriller – Nate keeps his principles but finds it tough to maintain the illusion while some very dangerous people and fomenting their latest, explosive plan.
With the likes of Burn Gorman (The Dark Knight Rises), Nestor Carbonell (The Dark Knight), Sam Trammell (True Blood) and Seth Numrich (Macbeth Unhinged) also in the cast, Imperium is due to hit UK screens on 23 September.