Daniel Radcliffe has signed on to star in Brooklyn Bridge for director Douglas McGrath (I Don't Know How She Does It, Company Man).

The drama is based on the true story of a brilliant yet inexperienced engineer who is tasked with overseeing the completion of the Brooklyn Bridge after his father passes away. He becomes obsessed with the job, which takes a toll on his health and his family, until he finds a surprising ally in his wife.

Goldcrest Films will finance, distribute and sell international rights to the project, with Killer Films' Christine Vachon and Rose Ganguzza producing. Nick Quested, Pascal Degove and Jill Samuels are executive producing. Here's what Christine Vachon had to say in a statement about their new leading man.

"We love Doug's extraordinary script and working with Daniel is one of the rare treats in the business. This is thrilling for everyone at Killer."

Pascal Degove also released his own statement regarding the casting.

"Having Daniel's involvement is a massive coup for the film. Not only is he perfect for the role, but he's consistently proved himself to be one of the very few actors who is genuinely a massive draw for audiences of all ages."

Production is scheduled to begin in August, with casting for other roles, including the female lead, currently in the works. Goldcrest will be selling the project to international buyers at the Berlin International Film Festival next month.