Daniel Radcliffe is reconnecting with his “Harry Poter” stunt double, David Holmes, to share the story about how Holmes became paralyzed on the set of the hit franchise.
In the new HBO documentary, “David Holmes: The Boy Who Lived,” Holmes’ life will be put on display, including the time he worked closely with Radcliffe from “Sorcerer’s Stone” to “Deathly Hallows Part 1.”
While on the set of the first “Deathly Hallows,” Holmes got injured while performing a stunt, which resulted in him becoming paralyzed from the chest down.
“Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe is teaming up with his former stunt double for a new documentary. (Angela Weiss/AFP)
The documentary’s synopsis from HBO, obtained by Variety, reveals, “The film is a coming-of-age story of stuntman David Holmes, a prodigious teenage gymnast from Essex, England, who is selected to play Daniel Radcliffe’s stunt double in the first ‘Harry Potter’ film, when Daniel is just 11.”
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The synopsis explains how Radcliffe and Holmes became close when they worked together for a decade before Holmes became injured.
“Over the next 10 years, the two form an inextricable bond, but on the penultimate film a tragic accident on set leaves David paralyzed with a debilitating spinal injury, turning his world upside down,” the synopsis continues. “As Daniel and his closest stunt colleagues rally to support David and his family in their moment of need, it is David’s extraordinary spirit of resilience that becomes their greatest source of strength and inspiration.”
Daniel Radcliffe starred alongside Emma Watson and Rupert Grint in the “Harry Potter” film series. (Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
HBO noted that the upcoming documentary – which is set to debut in November – will include “candid personal footage shot over the last decade, behind-the-scenes material from Holmes’ stunt work, scenes of his current life and intimate interviews with David, Daniel Radcliffe, friends, family, and former crew.”
“The film also reflects universal themes of living with adversity, growing up, forging identities in an uncertain world, and the bonds that bind us together and lift us up,” the network continued.
Radcliffe will also serve as an executive producer on “David Holmes: The Boy Who Lived.”
Daniel Radcliffe will recount behind-the-scenes footage from the decade he worked with his stunt double while filming the “Harry Potter” franchise. (Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
This is not the first time Holmes and Radcliffe have reconnected since the tragic accident. In 2020, the pair joined forces to launch the “Cunning Stunts” podcast in which they discussed stunt performers in Hollywood.
“I think there’s a myth around stuntmen that they are just superhuman in some way,” Radcliffe said during an episode of the podcast in 2020. “When the public see something really painful or horrible, they think it was a visual effect or that there’s some clever, safe way of doing it. Often that’s not the case. There’s no way of faking, for example, falling down stairs. When you get hit by a car, you’re still getting hit by a car, even if it’s going slower than it would. They find the safest way of doing it, but it can still hurt.”