They owe him at least that much, right? Warner Independent Pictures has snapped up the Radcliffe-starring indie drama December Boys and is partnering with Village Roadshow Pictures to distribute it in September. The film, which was directed by television vet Rod Hardy and was shot last year on location in Australia and South Africa, is set in the 1960s and centers on four orphan teens who grow up in the Australian outback and learn to use magic on each other. Okay, I made up the last part. When a childless couple moves into the area where the four orphans live, they begin to compete with each other to see who can get adopted. Other cast members credited in the film are Christian Byers, Lee Cormie, Teresa Palmer, James Fraser and Jack Thompson. According to IMDB, the film is a drama, a family film, a romance, and in the end, "each boy learns something about himself and his place in the world."

Variety also notes that the project was long in the making, with producer Richard Becker first optioning the book back in 1992. I'm completely unfamiliar with Radcliffe's work outside of the Harry Potter series, so I have no idea if he's a talent we'll be hearing from regularly after the Potter series takes its final bow, or if he will sort of fade into obscurity like so many child stars before him. From what I've seen of the Harry Potter films, it seems like it's Emma Watson that has the most potential to be a break-out star -- expect Warners to give her the lead in some kind of teen comedy two or three years from now, or toss her a couple of damsel-in-distress parts in an action franchise, to see if she can hold her own.