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Daniel Radcliffe goes undercover in first trailer for 'Imperium'

By Wade Sheridan
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Daniel Radcliffe arrives at the "Now You See Me 2" world premiere on Monday, June 6, 2016 Radcliffe stars as an undercover FBI agent who has infiltrated a radical, right-wing terrorist group. File Photo by Bryan R. Smith/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/4ce28373649b0b40df6d9b4dc9e503e9/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Daniel Radcliffe arrives at the "Now You See Me 2" world premiere on Monday, June 6, 2016 Radcliffe stars as an undercover FBI agent who has infiltrated a radical, right-wing terrorist group. File Photo by Bryan R. Smith/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, July 6 (UPI) -- Daniel Radcliffe has to go undercover in order to take down a Neo-Nazi group in the first trailer for Imperium.

The clip, released Tuesday, features the actor shaving off his hair and preparing to infiltrate a dangerous hate group before they can carry out a terrorist plot.

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"Nate Foster (Radcliffe), a young, idealistic FBI agent, goes undercover to take down a radical right-wing terrorist group. The bright up-and-coming analyst must confront the challenge of sticking to a new identity while maintaining his real principles as he navigates the dangerous underworld of white supremacy," reads the film's official synopsis.

Radcliffe's character is based on real life federal agent Michael German who helped co-write the screenplay for Imperium along with director Daniel Ragussis. "It was inspired by real events and co-written by Michael German, a former agent who spent years inside the neo-Nazi movement," Ragussis said to Entertainment Weekly.

"Daniel Radcliffe plays Nate Foster, the agent. His greatest strengths are his intelligence and his people skills; I learned from Michael that actual undercover agents are primarily master manipulators — able to win confidences, control situations, and out-think the enemy, even when mortal danger is staring them in the face," he continued.

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Also starring Toni Collette as Angela Zamparo, an FBI agent and supervisor, Nestor Carbonell, Burn Gorman and Sam Trammell, Imperium is set to arrive in theaters and On Demand August 19.

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