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See Daniel Radcliffe as GTA Co-Creator in New Movie Trailer

First trailer for BBC's upcoming "factual drama" also highlights Bill Paxton as Jack Thompson.


The BBC has released the first trailer for The Gamechangers, its upcoming made-for-TV movie about Grand Theft Auto and the controversy surrounding the world-famous and top-selling video game series.

This 30-second video provides a first look at Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe as Rockstar Games co-founder Sam Houser, as well as Bill Paxton (Apollo 13, Titanic) as anti-game lawyer Jack Thompson.

The 90-minute "factual drama" is centered around the creation of the GTA series and Thompson's appeal to the family of Devin Moore, the Alabama man who shot and killed three police officers in 2005. In court, Thompson sought to show how the developers of Grand Theft Auto, Rockstar Games, along with console-makers, were at least partially responsible for the crime. Moore was sentenced to death and is currently on death row.

The Gamechangers was written by James Wood (Rev, Ambassadors) and directed by Owen Harris (Kill Your Friends, Black Mirror).

As you might expect, The Gamechangers is generating quite a stir. Some of the original Grand Theft Auto developers are not happy about the movie, which is being produced without the participation of Rockstar Games or parent company Take-Two Interactive. For its part, Take-Two recently filed a lawsuit against the BBC regarding the movie's use of the Grand Theft Auto IP, but not to stop the film from airing.

The Gamechangers debuts September 15 on BBC Two at 9 PM local time. Plans for its release in other regions have not been announced.

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