July 22, 2009 / 1:56 AM / in 8 years

Sam Worthington checks box for "Candidate"

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Sam Worthington, who starred opposite Christian Bale in “Terminator Salvation,” will star in a remake of the recent Danish thriller “The Candidate.”

Beau Willimon has been hired to write the project, and Summit Entertainment has picked up the remake rights.

The story involves a defense attorney who goes on the hunt for a group of blackmailers after he is accused of murder. In a nothing-is-what-it-seems fantasia reminiscent of David Fincher’s “The Game,” the mystery ends up tying back into the suspicious death of the lawyer’s father.

Written by Stefan Jaworski, directed by Kasper Barfoed and starring Nikolaj Lie Kaas, “The Candidate” played in theaters in Denmark in the fall, but it has no American distributor at the moment.

Worthington next stars in James Cameron’s “Avatar,” which Fox will release in December, and “Clash of the Titans,” which Warner Bros. will release in March.

Willimon’s political play “Farragut North” drew interest from George Clooney and Leonardo DiCaprio to direct and star in, respectively, a film version for Warner Bros. Willimon also has adapted the TV series “The Jury,” written by Peter Morgan, into a feature screenplay to be directed by Marc Forster.

Editing by SheriLinden at Reuters

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