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Jai Courtney is going from kicking ass alongside John McClane to finding out if Joel Edgerton has broken the law. New reports say that Courtney has signed on for the co-starring role in Felony, a new Australian drama that is set to be directed by Matthew Saville based on a script that Edgerton wrote.
The story, according to Deadline, is about a long time police officer (Edgerton) who runs a cyclist off the road while driving home drunk from a gang bust celebration and lies about it. The trade site says that Courtney will play a "fresh-faced police detective" who suspects that Edgerton is hiding a secret and begins an investigation.
This will be the first feature for Saville since he directed the 2007 thriller Noise, but he has been keeping busy on the small screen directing mini-series and episodes of Australian television shows such as Please Like Me, The Slap, Cloudstreet and Tangle. Edgerton last wrote the script for The Square in 2008 and he is also currently developing his directorial debut, Weirdo.
Courtney has been acting since 2005 but caught his big break two years ago when he was cast as Varro in the Starz series Spartacus. Since then he has been cast in a number of high-profile projects including Jack Reacher, which co-stars Tom Cruise and Werner Herzog and is due out this December; A Good Day To Die Hard, the fifth entry of the long-running franchise where he plays Bruce Willis' son; and an adaptation of the comic book I, Frankenstein, which also stars Aaron Eckhart, Yvonne Strahovski, and Bill Nighy.