James McAvoy has signed on to star in the sci-fi action thriller, Wanted for Universal Pictures and Marc Platt Productions.

The film marks the English-language debut of Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch, Day Watch). Wanted is based on a comic book series by Mark Millar and J.G. Jones published by Top Cow. The story follows a put-upon young man who discovers that his long-lost father is an assassin. The Hollywood Reporter adds after his dad is murdered, the son is recruited into a covert organization of killers and trained to follow in his father's footsteps. 

The Wanted comic is considered hard-core, which means the movie probably will be rated R; production is scheduled to get going in early 2007.