Viggo Mortensen has been tapped to star in the New Line Cinema adaptation of graphic novel, A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE, reports VARIETY. David Cronenberg is set to direct from a script by Josh Olson (INFESTED). The film set to go before cameras in the fall.
Based on the Paradox Press graphic novel by John Wagner, Mortensen will play a small town diner owner who lives peacefully with his lawyer wife and children, until a random act of violence propels him to hero status in press and brings him to the unwanted attention of thugs who believe he is a former colleague on the lam.
"Viggo established a commercial calling card through THE LORD OF THE RINGS, but he and David Cronenberg have credibility from all their work in independent and art films, and this will allow us to surround Viggo with terrific actors," said Toby Emmerich, New Line production president, who's overseeing the film, along with execs Kent Alterman and Cale Boyter. JC Spink and Chris Bender will serves as producers with Roger Kass and Josh Braun as exec producers.