Ryan Phillippe is in final talks to star in the Iraqi War drama, Stop-Loss for Paramount Pictures.

Director Kimberly Peirce has been on a major search for the male lead in the film that, according to The Hollywood Reporter, centers on a soldier (Phillippe) who returns home to Texas and is called to duty again in Iraq through the military's "stop-loss" procedure. The soldier then refuses to return to battle. Abbie Cornish already has signed on to play the female lead.

Paramount is hoping for a late summer start for production on Stop-Loss; a 2007 release date has been set.