According to The Hollywood Reporter, Daniel Radcliffe has signed on to star in December Boys, his first project outside the Harry Potter franchise that brought him worldwide fame.

The long-nurtured project, based on the novel of the same title by Michael Noonan, revolves around four young orphan boys in 1960s Australia. Having all but given up hope of ever being adopted, the tight-knit friends are on a seaside holiday one summer when they find themselves competing for a place in the home and family they all long for.

Los Angeles-based television director Rod Hardy (The Practice) will return to his Australian homeland to direct the film, and Richard Becker (The Real Macaw), managing director of entertainment production and distribution outfit the Becker Group, will produce.

The screenplay was adapted by Marc Rosenberg (Serpent's Lair).