Fresh off his Emmy nominee and another round of rave reviews for “Mr. Robot” Season 2, Rami Malek is getting ready to return to the big screen in a very classic way. Deadline reports the actor is in final negotiations to star opposite Charlie Hunnam in the contemporary remake of “Papillon,” the 1973 classic starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman. Malik would take on Hoffman’s famous role of Louis Dega in the remake directed by Michael Noer (“Northwest”) and written by Aaron Guzikowski (“Prisoners”).
The film will follow the original’s story but is being described as a modern retelling of the events. The plot is based on on the memoirs of convicted felon Henri Charriere, who escaped from a prison in French Guiana, South America after he was unjustly convicted of murder. He was joined by counterfeiter Louis Dega.
The project will shoot in Belgrade, Montenegro and Thailand. Distribution rights were being sold as early as the Cannes Market back in May. The role will bring Malek back to the big screen for the first time since 2014, where he had supporting turns in “Night At The Museum: Secret of the Tomb” and Spike Lee’s “Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus.”