Max Thieriot has taken the lead role in Prodigy, the sci-fi action film by director Chuck Russell for Intrepid Pictures and Kincine.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Thieriot will play William Cooley, a rebellious student at an elite boarding school producing world leaders with the help of pharmaceuticals. Three days before graduation, several of its alumni are murdered, and William is implicated. As the school valedictorian investigates William, the two eventually become reluctant allies and targets while uncovering a conspiracy behind the crimes.

Dave Kalstein adapted the screenplay from his 2006 novel.

The Spanish production will be filmed in Valencia and at the Ciudad de la Luz studios in Alicante, Spain, with principal photography set to begin Oct. 6.