Guy Pearce in Talks to Replace Michael Sheen in Sony's 'Bloodshot'

Sheen had to exit the project, which is currently in production, due to scheduling conflicts.
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Michael Sheen (left), Guy Pearce

Michael Sheen is no longer heading to the world of Bloodshot.

Guy Pearce is in talks to replace Sheen in Sony's Bloodshot movie, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Sheen had to exit the project, which is currently in production, due to scheduling conflicts. Production began this week.

Based on the Valiant comic book series, the story centers on a mob killer named Angelo Mortalli who enters a witness protection program. When he is betrayed by a handler, he becomes part of a secret experiment to create the ultimate killing machine. 

Vin Diesel is set to lead the action thriller, whose cast also includes Eiza Gonzalez, Sam Heughan, Talulah Riley and Alex Hernandez. Dave Wilson, who is partnered with Deadpool director Tim Miller at Blur Studio, is helming from a script by Arrival writer Eric Heisserer.

Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe are producing, with Dan Mintz acting as an executive produce.  Dinesh Shamdasani is also producing.

Pearce is no stranger to comic book movies, having played the antagonist Aldrich Killian in 2013's Iron Man 3. The actor, who is repped by CAA and the U.K.'s Independent and Sloane Offer, will next be seen in the awards contender Mary Queen of Scots. 

Variety first reported the news.