Jonathan Tucker has been tapped to star in The Ruins, DreamWorks' adaptation of the best-selling Scott B. Smith novel, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Tucker will star as Jeff, a go-getter premed student, in the thriller about a group of friends whose leisurely Mexican holiday takes a turn for the worse when Jeff persuades them to accompany a fellow tourist on a remote archaeological dig in the jungle, where something evil lives among the ruins.

Smith wrote the screenplay and principal photography will begin in late May in Queensland, Australia.