With the cameras set to start shooting on his latest, untitled film in China next month, Michael Mann is currently rounding up some people to put in front of them. According to Deadline, he has The Help’s Viola Davis in talks for a starring role.
The cyber crime thriller, which Mann wrote alongside Morgan Davis Foehl, already has Chris Hemsworth attached to star. The director has typically been keeping his cards close to his chest as the film made its way through development, but we do know it’ll see American and Chinese forces working together to stop a case of high-level computer hacking. If she makes a deal, Davis will play an FBI agent.
After dipping into history for his most recent outing, 2009’s Public Enemies, it appears Mann is going solidly topical for this one, with hacking big in the news, particularly between the US and China. From the sounds of it, he’s building another great ensemble.
Davis was most recently seen in Beautiful Creatures. This year, she’ll also appear in The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby His and Hers and Ender’s Game, which is set to land in our cinemas on October 25. She’s also just finished work on Denis Villeneuve’s kidnap drama Prisoners.