Daniel Radcliffe To Open “American Airlines Presents Empire Live” With Two Very Un-Harry Potter Projects

Daniel Radcliffe like you’ve never seen him before will open American Airlines Presents Empire Live as a double bill screening of Swiss Army Man and Imperium get the weekend of film and entertainment underway.


Empire has revealed its full slate of events taking place at this year’s American Airlines Presents Empire Live. A series of exclusive screenings, filmmaker Q&As and family programming has been added to the action-packed bill. Taking place from September 23 to 25, the weekend will kick off with an exclusive double Daniel Radcliffe gala screening of his two new films Swiss Army Man and Imperium.

Paul Dano co-stars in the highly original comedy adventure Swiss Army Man, co-written and directed by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert. Stranded on a deserted island and on the brink of suicide, Hank (Dano) makes one last bid to escape after discovering a corpse named Manny (Radcliffe) on the beach. After forming a surreal friendship with Manny, Hank is shocked to discover he can talk and possesses strange supernatural powers which he can use to find his way back to civilisation and reunite with his lost love, Sarah (Mary Elizabeth Winstead).

For the second portion of the Daniel Radcliffe double bill, American Airlines presents Empire Live is proud to present thriller Imperium, starring Radcliffe as FBI intelligence analyst Nate Foster, on the day of the film’s UK theatrical release. After a radioactive isotope is illegally imported into the US, the FBI sends agent Foster on an undercover mission to infiltrate a network of neo-Nazi white supremacist groups they believe may be building a nuclear bomb. Imperium also features an outstanding supporting performance from Toni Collette as Foster’s wisecracking fellow FBI agent, Angela Zamparo.

As a special introduction to the double bill, Daniel Radcliffe will participate in an on-stage interview ahead of the screenings at The O2 to discuss both Swiss Army Man and Imperium, exclusively for attending audiences.

Announced in the Meet The Movie Makers strand is a special sneak peek of upcoming thriller Free Fire, presented by acclaimed British director Ben Wheatley. Wheatley will be presenting first-look footage from his new film, starring Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy and Oscar-winner Brie Larson. The preview will be followed by a screening of his adaptation of JG Ballard’s ground-breaking dystopian drama High-Rise, starring Tom Hiddleston.

Elsewhere, Empire’s Editor-In-Chief Terri White will assemble an all-star panel of filmmakers for the Women On Screen panel taking place in The Empire Hub. Belle director Amma Asante is confirmed for an event that promises expert insight into filmmaking, the industry from a female perspective, spirited debate and a whole lot of inspiration.

In addition, American Airlines presents Empire Live features The Raid (featuring a live commentary from director Gareth Evans), Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some!!, Louis Theroux’s eye-opening documentary My Scientology Movie, the Alexander Skarsgård and Michael Peña starring War On Everyone, Green Room, Labyrinth (with puppet makers Q&A), and a hotly anticipated Trainspotting Live Script-Read with a host of top talent taking on the iconic roles for one night only.

American Airlines presents Empire Live will run from September 23 to 25, 2016 at The O2. To purchase tickets, please visit: www.empirelive.com.

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