Following the rumours, both Daniel Radcliffe and Bill Paxton have been confirmed for the 90 minute GTA drama

The BBC has announced their commissions for this year on BBC Two, one of which includes the previously announced drama based on the developers behind Grand Theft Auto. In amongst the news comes some interesting information and some confirmation as to who will be staring in the 90 minute show.

Game Changer, as it’s currently called – though the BBC has confirmed that it’s a working title – will star Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and Bill Paxton (Aliens, Titanic) as Rockstar’s Sam Houser and Jack Thompson respectively. Thompson was a lawyer campaigning to remove violence from video games, going after the creators of the game series way back when. So it’s likely it’ll focus on the team behind the classic Grand Theft Auto titles, not the recently released instalments.

It’ll also run for 90 minutes as it’s aimed more at an adult audience.

Here’s what the BBC say about the show:

Grand Theft Auto offers gamers the chance to step into a fantasy world where they can behave like criminals, gun down rival gangsters and cops, hijack cars and venture deeper into an imaginary American underworld.

But the violent gameplay coupled with its outstanding commercial success leads to fierce opposition: from parents worried about children immersing themselves in such a violent world; from politicians, alarmed at the values they say it encourages; and above all from moral campaigners, who fight passionately to ban it. At the vanguard of this crusade is the formidable campaigning lawyer Jack Thompson, a man determined to do whatever he can to stop the relentless rise of Grand Theft Auto.

Game Changer (w/t) tells the story of an extraordinary chapter in the history of this iconic game, and reveals the major impact it has had on our cultural landscape.

Owen Harris (Kill your Friends) is to direct and Jamie Wood has written the drama. We’re hoping it does the video game series justice. The programme is set to air later this year, on BBC Two.

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