LONDON — “Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe, 24, has signed on to play British Olympic runner Sebastian Coe in a movie about rivalries on the running track.

“Gold” will tell the story of the competition between Coe and fellow middle-distance runner Steve Ovett in the run-up to the 1980 Moscow Olympics, where Ovett won the 800 meters and Coe took the 1,500 meters. Coe, also a gold medalist in 1984, went on to become a politician and headed the London organizing committee at last year’s summer Olympics.

Filming is expected to begin in in April. The casting for Ovett has not yet been announced.

– From news service reports