Actors Michael Chiklis and Forest Whitaker have signed on for the indie thriller Pawn. Ray Liotta and Common have also signed on, although it isn't known what roles these actors will play.

The story centers on an ex-con who gets caught up in a hostage situation gone terribly awry, where he has to fend off the local police, FBI agents, and the mob. Michael Chiklis and Forest Whitaker will be reunited for the first time since Season 6 of The Shield, where Forest Whitaker had a season-long arc as internal affairs investigator John Kavanaugh.

David A. Armstrong will make his directorial debut with Pawn, working from a screenplay by Jay Anthony White. Michael Chiklis will also make his feature producing debut, working alongside Brad Luff, Jeff Most, and Michael Becker.

Production is slated to begin December 1.