It looks like director Michael Noer (Northwest) has secured its two leads for the upcoming Papillon remake, with Deadline reporting that Mr. Robot star Rami Malek is in talks to join Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) in the cast of the film.
Described as a “contemporary retelling” of Franklin J. Schaffner’s Oscar-nominated 1973 film, Papillon will see Malek in the Dustin Hoffman role of Louis Dega, while Hunnam will portray Henri Charriere, played by Steve McQueen in the original.
Based on the real-life memoirs of petty criminal Charriere, Papillon follows the relationship between the two felons as they hatch a plan to escape from a notorious French Guiana penal colony. The remake has been scripted by Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners), and is set to go into production next month.