Variety is reporting that Nick Jonas and Laurence Fishburne have signed up to star in action thriller The Blacksmith, which is being financed and produced by AGC.
Based on the 2011 graphic novel created by Malik Evans and Richard Sparkman, the film will focus on Wes Loomis, the intelligence community’s go-to weapons expert. When his clandestine lab is destroyed and his colleagues murdered, he must go on the run with only his unique set of technological skills and the help of a brilliant, young CIA analyst Noelle Hazlitt to keep him alive. They seek out Mather, a retired blacksmith and Wes’ mentor, to help guide them.
AGC’s Stuart Ford released a statement about the project saying:
The Blacksmith provides a fresh, highly contemporary new take on the espionage genre and it’s exciting to pair an exhilarating young talent like Nick with seasoned heavyweights such as Pierre and Laurence. We’ll soon be announcing an equally outstanding young female actor to play across from Nick and then we will have all the ingredients for a major new film franchise built around a very modern breed of action hero. Pairing an exhilarating young talent like Nick with seasoned heavyweights such as Pierre and Laurence means that after the female lead’s casting, we will have all the ingredients for a major new film franchise built around a very modern breed of action hero.
The film is set to be directed by Pierre Morel, well versed in the action film genre as the man behind the original Taken, From Paris With Love, The Gunman and Peppermint to name a few. The film is being adapted by screenwriter Ben Ripley. As well as AGC’s Stuart Ford and Linda McDonough, Kickstart Productions’ Jason Netter and Jeremy Stein, Samantha Shear and Bob Sobhani will be executive producing on the project.
Casting is underway to find the female lead for the role of Noelle Hazlitt.