Director Denis Villeneuve signs on for <strong><em>Prisoners</em></strong>
Incendies director Denis Villeneuve has signed onto direct Prisoners, more than a year after Antoine Fuqua stepped away from the project.

Prisoners centers on a father who becomes a vigilante after his daughter is kidnapped. When the police fail to make any progress on the case, the father holds a man hostage who is believed to be responsible for the kidnapping. The movie will be French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve's English-language movie debut.

Leonardo DiCaprio had previously been attached to star in Prisoners, although it is believed that he stepped away from the project due to the lengthy search for a director. Here's what producer Andrew A. Kosove had to say about leaving the project.

"He's a very talented actor but this process of choosing a director outside the three or four he normally works with became too time consuming. I don't think it will happen with Leonardo."

Aaron Guzikowski (Contraband) wrote the screenplay for Prisoners, which the producers plan to start shooting sometime this fall.