It's been just over a month since Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opened in London, and Warner Bros. is apparently already trying to get Daniel Radliffe to reprise his famous role for a movie adaptation of the stage play.
According to secret sources speaking to the New York Daily News, the studio is interested in getting the movie into theaters as early as 2020, with Radcliffe playing Harry. The stage show opened in July, with the script (written by Jack Thorne with story input from J.K. Rowling) becoming an instant best-seller. It takes place 19 years after the end of the Harry Potter series, and follows Potter's son, Albus, and his best friend Scorpius (Draco Malfoy's son) as they screw up the past and try to make things right.
The studio has (obviously) not commented. But here's what the NYDN source has to say: "Warners is secretly working on getting the movie rights and a screenplay settled, and of course in their minds only one man should be Harry. However he has made it clear that his mind is certainly not focused on returning to the role anytime soon — and that could be until he hits 40."
Before you dismiss the rumor out of hand, remember Warners was successful in convincing Rowling to turn Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them into a trilogy, thus filling in the Potterverse even more fully. It's certainly not out of the question that The Cursed Child could be the starting point for yet another theatrical journey to Hogwarts.