FilmNation Entertainment and Likely Story have cast Hollywood's latest leading-man, Luke Evans (Tamara Drewe) to star in the actioner The Amateur American. With shooting scheduled to commence in Europe in September, the film will be produced by FilmNation Entertainment's Aaron Ryder and Likely Story's Anthony Bregman. FilmNation will also be handling international sales.

Based on the novel of the same title by J. Saunders Elmore, The Amateur American is written and will be directed by DGA-WGA Winner Ross Katz (HBO Films' Taking Chance), who also produced In the Bedroom and Lost In Translation. The action thriller is about a young American living in Paris who accepts a job working for a shadowy employer and soon finds himself framed for murder and caught up in a deadly game of espionage, blackmail, and deceit.

FilmNation's Aaron Ryder said: "We had the pleasure of working with Luke Evans on The Raven and his performance in it is extraordinary. He is an ideal contemporary leading man."

Likely Story's Anthony Bregman adds: "Welshman Luke Evans is in fact an amateur American, but now he is our Amateur American -- which means he will now be duped, seduced, imprisoned, shot at, chased, and nearly killed by all manner of professional Europeans. We can't wait!"

Luke Evans recently wrapped production on The Raven alongside John Cusack, and can next be seen in Summit's The Three Musketeers with Logan Lerman and Orlando Bloom, and Tarsem Singh's Immortals alongside Henry Cavill.

B. Alan Orange