Daniel Radcliffe's documentary about paralysed stunt double drops first trailer

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Daniel Radcliffe's documentary drops first trailerSky

Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe has a very special documentary project premiering this month, and now we're getting a first look at the trailer.

Titled The Boy Who Lived, the doc is a coming-of-age story concerning stuntman David Holmes, a teenage gymnast who was chosen to step in for Radcliffe on The Philosopher's Stone when the actor was just 11 years old.

The new trailer gives us an insight into Holmes inspiring life, as well as plenty of backstage footage of the filming of the movie.

Holmes and Radcliffe went on to develop a close bond over the years working on the film franchise, but, as the Sky synopsis explained: "On the penultimate [Potter] film a tragic accident on set leaves David paralysed with a debilitating spinal injury, turning his world upside down."

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"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," the synopsis continued.

Radcliffe, who played the eponymous wizard across eight films in total, executive produces the programme, which will be available on Sky Documentaries and streaming service NOW from Saturday, November 18.

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Holmes, who also performed stunts in The Golden Compass, National Treasure: Book of Secrets and Mutant Chronicles, proudly announced the doc on Instagram.

"Finally, the day has come. I can now share with you all the secret project and four years' hard work that has gone into creating this film: THE BOY WHO LIVED," his caption began.

"Being a stuntman was my calling in life, and doubling Harry was the best job in the world. In January 2009, I had a stunt rehearsal accident that changed my life forever. This film tells the story of not just my achievements in front of camera, but also the challenges I face every day, and my overall attitude to life after suffering a broken neck."

The Boy Who Lived will be available on Sky Documentaries and NOW from Saturday, November 18.

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