'Fringe' Star Boards Crime Dark Comedy 'The Mule'

John Noble
<p>SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 13:&nbsp; Actor John Noble attends WIRED Cafe At Comic-Con held at Palm Terrace at the Omni Hotel on July 13, 2012 in San Diego, California.&nbsp;</p>   |   Michael Buckner/Getty Images for WIRED
John Noble is joining Hugo Weaving in the Australian production.

Fringe star John Noble will join Hugo Weaving in The Mule, an Australian crime black comedy being directed by Tony Mahony.

Screen Australia is co-financing the movie, which will be selling in Cannes. Angus Sampson and Leigh Whannel are producing.

The script, written by Sampson and Whannel, centers on an unlikely drug mule who challenges the authority figures in his life. The film is described as being in the tone of Fargo.

Noble will play a natural-born criminal who owns a local hotspot that is a cover for gambling and drug distribution.

The movie is planning shots in Melbourne and Bangkok.

Noble also is known for playing Denathor in the Lord of the Rings movies, in which Weaving also appeared. He is repped by Coast to Coast Talent and Seven Summits.