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Melissa Leo Signs On For Prisoners With Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman is no longer alone in the cast up the upcoming thriller Prisoners. Reports have surfaced online saying that Melissa Leo, who won an Academy Award for her performance in the David O. Russell 2010 film <="">, has signed on for the film, which is being directed by Denis Villeneuve.

Variety says that production on the film is looking to start early next year, once Jackman is done shooting The Wolverine down in Australia, and Alcon Entertainment is looking to release the film in association with Warner Bros. sometime in the fall of 2013. The story follows a carpenter (Jackman) who learns that his young daughter and best friend have been kidnapped. When the police are no use, he decides to take the law into his own hands and get justice vigilante style. The only thing standing in his way is the “big-city detective” who is working the case. The trade doesn’t say what role Leo will play in the movie.

The script was written by Aaron Guzikowki, who wrote the Mark Wahlberg action film Contraband, and has been in the works for a couple years now. Before Villeneuve signed on, the project was going to be headed up by Antoine Fuqua. Villeneuve, a Canadian filmmaker, made his mark in 2010 with the mystery film Incendies.

Since winning her Oscar Leo has been plenty busy. She is currently in the process of filming both Lee Daniel’s The Butler (in which she plays Mamie Eisenhower) and Olympus Has Fallen (in which she’ll play the United States Secretary of Defense). She will next be seen in Robert Zemeckis’ Flight, which is due out on November 2nd.

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