Ethan Hawke has agreed to star in Lionsgate's vampire film Daybreakers.

The story takes place ten years into the future. Hawke will lead a research team through a world plagued by the living dead. According to The Hollywood Reporter, as the human population nears extinction, a secret group of vampires discover that they may hold the secret to saving mankind.

Australia's own Peter and Michael Spierig, of Undead fame, wrote the screenplay. They will also direct the project. Shooting is set to start in July.