James Badge Dale to Star in Supernatural Thriller 'The Empty Man' (Exclusive)

The Fox movie is adapted from a Boom! Studios comic.
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James Badge Dale

James Badge Dale will fill the shoes of Fox's The Empty Man.

David Britten Prior is directing the supernatural thriller, which is adapted from a Boom! Studios comic. Boom!'s Ross Richie and Stephen Christy are producing the project, presumably the first one to go under the company’s first-look deal at Fox.

The story centers on an ex-cop, plagued by the violent death of his wife and son, who battles to find a missing girl but soon discovers a sinister presence around him.

The comic was written by Cullen Bunn and illustrated by Vanesa R. Del Rey, but the script by Prior takes some departures.

A fall start in South Africa is being eyed.

Badge Dale last appeared in Michael Bay’s 13 Hours as well as Robert Zemeckis' drama The Walk. He may be best known for starring in TV's Rubicon and The Pacific.

He is repped by CAA, MJ Management and Jackoway Tyerman.

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