Ryan O’Nan, who wrote and directed the Toronto Film Festival movie Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best, is putting on a parka and a bulletproof vest for two movie roles, The Frozen Ground and The Iceman.
Frozen Ground tells the true story of the capture of serial killer Robert Hansen in Alaska and stars Nicolas Cage as an Alaska state trooper tracking Hansen, played by John Cusack. Randall Emmett andMark Ordesky are producing the indie, which is shooting in Alaska.
O’Nan is playing a state trooper helping Cage.
In Iceman, the true story of suburban dad by day, hitman by night Richard Kuklinski, O’Nan will play a young hustler caught up in the web of murder and deception. The movie stars Michael Shannon as Kuklinski and also counts Ray Liotta and Maggie Gyllenhaal in its cast.
Ariel Vroman is directing the movie, which is due to begin shooting in January.
On top of the filmmaking aspects of Brooklyn Brothers, O’Nan also starred in, wrote and performed the music in the rock-and-roll tale of a defeated songwriter who meets a self-appointed music revolutionary. Upcoming for the triple threat is Freelancers, a thriller in which he will share the screen with Robert De Niro and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.
O’Nan is represented by ICM and Principal Entertainment.