David Oyelowo (Selma) is set to co-star with Luke Evans (Furious 7) in the upcoming big screen thriller Three Seconds.
The film will be an adaptation of the bestselling Swedish novel of the same name, by crime fiction masters Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom, about an undercover prison assignment that goes terribly wrong. Evans plays the protagonist, an ex-con who poses as a prison inmate as part of an FBI operation to infiltrate the Polish mafia’s New York drug trade. When his cover is blown, the man is abandoned by the FBI, and his only chance of survival is to break out of the maximum security prison. Oyelowo is cast as an anti-social N.Y.P.D. detective who catches on to the FBI mission after a fellow officer is murdered.
The adapted screenplay was written by Matt Cook (Triple Nine) and Rowan Jofee, known for writing a diverse collection of films, including 28 Weeks Later and The American.
The movie will be directed by Otto Bathurst, best known for directing TV series in the UK, most notably the critically acclaimed gangster drama Peaky Blinders.
Alex Walton of Bloom, which is handling the film internationally, was quoted by The Hollywood Reporter, saying, “David Oyelowo continues to impress everyone with the varying roles he takes on and the depth he brings to his characters. We’re very excited to see David, Luke and Otto bring such a gripping story to the big screen.”
Three Seconds is being produced by Basil Iwanyk (The Expendables franchise), Ollie Madden (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) and Kevin Scott Frakes (John Wick).
A release date for Three Seconds has not yet been announced.