Scott Speedman has signed on to star in the indie crime drama Edwin Boyd from Euclid 431 Pictures and producer Allison Black, reports Variety.

Nathan Morlando is directing the film from his own script.

The cast includes Kelly Reilly, Kevin Durand, Brendan Fletcher, Charlotte Sullivan and Brian Cox. Producers are in final negotiations with William Mapother.

Edwin Boyd is based on the true story of a WWII vet and family man turned bank robber, torn between the need to provide for his young family and an unfulfilled dream to head to Hollywood to become a star. He discovers a way to satisfy both needs -- robbing banks "Hollywood style" -- but that leads him down an unexpected path of danger and tragedy.

Production is set to begin Thursday in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.