Alex O'Loughlin and Columbus Short are joining the cast of the comic book action thriller Whiteout for Dark Castle Entertainment; Kate Beckinsale is starring.

The film is based on Greg Rucka's acclaimed comic miniseries; The Hollywood Reporter notes the story revolves around a lone U.S. marshal (Beckinsale) assigned to Antarctica who is investigating the continent's first murder. With only three days until winter, the marshal must solve the crime before Antarctica is plunged into darkness and she is stranded with the killer. O'Loughlin will play a cocky pilot whose hard-partying antics get him into hot water with the marshal; Short will play a wet-behind-the-ears pilot who becomes the marshal's ally during the investigation.

Jon & Erich Hoeber wrote the adaptation of Whiteout; it's directed by Dominic Sena. Shooting is set to begin this month in Montreal.