Idris Elba is eyeing a role in director Pierre Morel's The Gunman, says a story today at The Hollywood Reporter. He'd star opposite Javier Bardem and Sean Penn in the adaptation of Jean-Patrick Manchette's novel The Prone Gunman.
Although Manchette passed away in 1995, the book was translated by James Brooks and published through Lawrence Ferlinghetti's City Light Books in 2002 with the following official description:
Martin Terrier is a hired killer who wants out of the game — so he can settle down and marry his childhood sweetheart. That's why he took up this profession! Martin returns to his hometown to claim her, but the Organization won't let him go. Once again, the gunman must assume the prone shooting position.
Joel Silver and Andrew Rona will produce The Gunman with Peter Travis providing the screenplay.