Hugh Signs on as Lead in ‘Prisoners’

Seems like Hugh Jackman has a busy schedule: after Les Mis and The Wolverine wrap, he’ll be jumping into the role of Keller in Prisoners. He was linked to the Aaron Guzikowski-penned project back in 2009, but the film lost some steam power along the way. Now with Denis Villeneuve on board to direct and Hugh to star as the lead, the movie seems well on its way. Production is currently scheduled to take place in early 2013, with a release date in November the same year via Warner Brothers.

Deadline reports more information, including a summary:

Written by Aaron Guzikowski (Contraband), story revolves around a small-town carpenter named Keller whose young daughter and best friend are kidnapped. After the cops fail to find them, Keller takes the law into his own hands, but in the process runs up against the big city detective assigned to the case.

[Alcon Entertainment co-founders and co-CEOs] Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson are producing, along with 8:38 Productions’ Kira Davis and Madhouse Entertainment’s Adam Kolbrenner. Ed McDonnell and John Stark will executive produce.

States Johnson and Kosove: “We are ecstatic that Hugh will take the lead in this exciting thriller. We can think of no better ‘Keller’ — an everyman who rises to an occasion most of us could not imagine possible. Denis’s rare directing gifts are superbly matched to this material, that is both challenging and explores complex themes in a commercially appealing narrative.”