Butler "Game" for mind-control thriller

Cast member Gerard Butler attends the premiere of the film "300" held at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood March 5, 2007. REUTERS/Phil McCarten

CANNES, France (Hollywood Reporter) - “300” star Gerard Butler will topline “Game,” a high-concept thriller set in the near future.

The Lakeshore Entertainment project takes place in a world where mind-control technology has taken society by storm. In this dystopian world, the ultimate online simulation environment is humans remote-controlling other humans in mass-scale, multiplayer online gaming.

Butler plays Kable, the No. 1-ranked warrior in the highest-rated game, called “Slayers.” With his every move tracked by millions, Kable’s ultimate challenge is to regain his identity and bring down the system that has imprisoned him.

“Game” marks the third time Lakeshore has teamed with “Crank” writer-directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. The duo will write and helm “Game.”

The duo also penned the Marc Schoelermann-helmed thriller “Pathology” for Lakeshore, which will begin production soon.

Butler, whose credits include the title character in “The Phantom of the Opera,” most recently starred as King Leonidas in the boxoffice smash “300.” He next will star opposite Hilary Swank in Warner Bros. Pictures’ romantic comedy “P.S. I Love You,” directed by Richard LaGravenese.

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