Amber Heard joins Nicolas Cage film

Actress will play diner employee in 3D action pic 'Drive Angry'

Amber Heard is getting behind the wheel for "Drive Angry," the Nicolas Cage 3D action movie being directed by Patrick Lussier.

"Angry," a Nu Image/Millennium project that is eyeing a shoot this month in Shreveport, La., centers on a man (Cage) driven by rage who is chasing the people who killed his daughter and kidnapped her baby. The vendetta/rescue spins out of control as the chase gets bloodier by the mile, leaving bodies strewn along the highway.

Billy Burke, who plays Kristen Stewart's father in the "Twilight" movies, already is on board as a cult leader.

Heard is stepping into the action field for the first time, taking on the role of diner employee who partners with Cage to find his granddaughter.

Heard, who stole scenes in the horror comedy "Zombieland," next stars opposite Johnny Depp in "The Rum Diary" and has a remake of "And Soon the Darkness" in the can. She is repped by WME and Hyler Management.

Summit is releasing "Angry" on Feb. 11.