Ron Perlman cast in 'Bunraku'
Will play the villain in the hybrid martial arts movie
The film is set in a hyperstylized universe a la "Sin City" and draws from a mixed bag of genres, including puppets, origami, comic books, video games and German expressionism. It follows a drifter (Hartnett) who teams with a samurai (Gackt) to take on an Eastern European gang lord, played by Perlman ("Hellboy").
"I've always loved movies in the 'no-name stranger coming to town and ending up in a bigger struggle (genre),' " Snoot's Keith Calder said. "I think this is an opportunity to take this genre and spin it on its head and bring a unique and strong visual style to it."
Calder and Jessica Wu are producing along with Nava Levin of Picturesque Films and Ram Bergman. Alex McDowell is co-producing the film.
Perlman is repped by Kritzer Levine Wilkins Entertainment.