Woody Harrelson has had a good few months, starting with a massive hit with Hunger Games: Catching Fire, followed by a critically lauded turn in HBO’s True Detective. Now he’s got a new big-screen role as he’s signed on to star opposite the likes of Casey Affleck and Cate Blanchett in the cop drama Triple Nine, according to Deadline.
The movie is about a group of crooked cops who are blackmailed by the Russian Mafia to pull off a seemingly impossible heist. The only way to do it appears to be to kill an unsuspecting rookie cop, but things take a left turn when the young man they’ve targeted gets away.
In case you were wondering, the police code ‘triple nine’ means there is an officer down.
Harrelson will play Sergeant Jeffrey Allen, the uncle of Casey Affleck’s character. The awesome cast also includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, Christoph Waltz, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Winslet, Aaron Paul, Teresa Palmer, Gal Gadot and Michael Pena.
John Hillcoat (Lawless) is set to direct from a script by Matt Cook. Triple Nine will shoot this summer.