Paul Dano is moving from the world of time-travel hitmen to a story of vigilante justice. The actor, who very recently appeared alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Jeff Daniels in Rian Johnson’s Looper, has signed on for a part in Prisoners the new film from director Denis Villeneuve. Based on a script by Aaron Guzikowski, the plot follows a man who discovers that his daughter and best friend have been kidnapped. When the cops are unable to find them, he decides to take the law into his own hands, running into conflict with the “big-city detective” who has been on the case.

Variety, which reported the new casting news, confirms that the film will also star Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal and Melissa Leo. Villeneuve is best known for helming the 2010 film Incendies and this past summer wrapped production on the thriller An Enemy (which also starred Gyllenhaal). The trade says that the movie is aiming to start production in early 2013, quite possibly to avoid the production of The Wolverine, which still has Jackman’s schedule tied up. It will be released sometime in fall 2013 by Alcon Entertainment.

Beyond Looper Dano has had a busy year, starring in movies such as Ruby Sparks, Being Flynn, and For Ellen. This summer he was cast in Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years a Slave, alongside Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Garret Dillahunt and Michael K. Williams. It’s being produced by New Regency, Plan B and River Road, and has already made it to post-production.

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