Sam Worthington checks box for 'Candidate'

Beau Willimon penning Summit remake of Danish thriller

Sam Worthington is attached to star in a remake of the recent Danish thriller "The Candidate." Beau Willimon has been hired to write the project, and Summit has picked up the remake rights.

Industry Entertainment, which reps the original film's director, Kasper Barfoed, and star, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, as well as Worthington, packaged the project with CAA. Several bidders got involved until Summit's Erik Feig nabbed it.

Temple Hill Entertainment's Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are producing. Worthington might also produce.

The original film's producers, Peter Bose and Jonas Allen of Miso Film, will executive produce the remake.

In "The Candidate," a defense attorney goes on the hunt for a group of blackmailers when he is suddenly accused of murder. In a nothing-is-what-it-seems fantasia reminiscent of David Fincher's "The Game," the mystery ends up tying back into the suspicious death of the lawyer's father.

Written by Stefan Jaworski, "The Candidate" played in theaters in Denmark in the fall, but it has no American distributor at the moment.

Worthington, who is repped by CAA and Industry, last starred in "Terminator Salvation." He next stars in James Cameron's "Avatar," which Fox will release in December, and "Clash of the Titans," which Warner Bros. will release in March.

The CAA-repped Willimon drew heat two years ago when his political play "Farragut North" acquired interest from George Clooney and Leonardo DiCaprio to direct and star in, respectively, a film version for Warner Bros. Willimon has also adapted the TV series "The Jury," written by Peter Morgan, into a feature screenplay to be directed by Marc Forster.

Temple Hill is developing the young-adult novel "Wings" for Miley Cyrus to star at Disney. They recently produced "Management" and "Twilight."
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