Sean Bean has signed on to star in Devil's Peak, an adaptation of Deon Meyer's South African crime novel.

The actor will portray Detective Benny Griessel, an aging, alcoholic detective in Cape Town, South Africa who tries to sober up while facing the most important, and dangerous, case of his career. Devil's Peak is the first book in the series, which includes subsequent novels 13 Hours and 7 Days.

Malcolm Kohll, Michael S. Murphey, and Ofir Kedar are producing, with Hersch Klaff, Robbie Little, and Robert Fig executive producing.

The producers are eyeing a September production start in Cape Town, even though no screenwriter or director has been attached yet.