We reported back in January that director D.J. Caruso was locked in for a new film project and now it seems he might have found his star. Variety is reporting that Alex Pettyfer is in negotiations to star in I Am Number Four.

The story centers on nine aliens who flee their home planet for Earth, disguised as teenagers, when Number Four, who Pettyfer will play, discovers the the enemy species who drove them from their planet are still hunting the group.

The film was written by Smallville creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, with Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg both producing the film. A production date wasn't revealed at this time.