Daniel Radcliffe: ‘Worst film idea I heard was Wizard of Oz remade with Harry Potter stars’

Emma Watson was suggested to play Dorothy, with Radcliffe and Rupert Grint as Lion and Tin Man

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Daniel Radcliffe has revealed the worst and most bizarre film idea that has ever been pitched to him, and it involves his former Harry Potter cast playing the characters of The Wizard of Oz.

The terrible remake idea was pitched to Radcliffe while he was still ensconced in the Potter films, and it clearly didn’t tickle his fancy.

“The worst idea that ever came across to us - it was way before Potter had finished - was somebody suggesting that they remake the The Wizard of Oz movie with Emma [Watson] as Dorothy, and me and Rupert [Grint] cast as the Lion and Tin Man or Scarecrow,” he said at a press junket for his new romcom, What If.

“I remember thinking, ‘That person is the laziest, craziest person in the world’,” he said, adding that it was “quite funny” on the whole.

But this isn’t the most surprising statement to have come from Radcliffe of late. In a series of recent revelations the actor has said he thinks he’s a feminist, “just by the virtue of the fact that I believe in equal rights for everyone,” while also admitting that he’d love to play a superhero in a film.

“Who wouldn’t want to do a superhero film?” he told London Live on the red carpet for the premiere of What If. “I went to Comic Con the other day dressed as Spider-Man purely out of childish wish fulfilment as wanting to be Spider-Man my entire life.

“Absolutely I’d do a superhero film, it’d be great fun.”

But the toughest admission to have come from the 25-year-old star is that he thinks he was “just not very good” in the Potter films, despite the critical acclaim he has received for his roles since the franchise ended,  in Horns, Kill Your Darlings and Equus.