Berlin: Luke Evans Signs Up for Prison Thriller 'Three Seconds'

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Otto Bathurst is directing the film adaptation of the best-selling Swedish novel.

Hobbit leading man Luke Evans is set to star in British director Otto Bathurst's upcoming thrillerThree Seconds, based on the best-selling Swedish novel of the same title about an undercover prison assignment that goes horribly awry.

The project was announced on the eve of the Berlin Film Festival, where Alex Walton and Ken Kao's Bloom will presell the movie to foreign distributors at the European Film Market. Evans is well-known to foreign buyers, thanks to his turn in Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy and Dracula Untold. And Bathurst drew raves for his Netflix/Tiger Aspect Series Peaky Blinders and the BBC original miniseries Criminal Justice (both won BAFTAs).

Basil Iwanyk's Thunder Road and Shine Pictures' Ollie Madden are producing Three Seconds alongside Kevin Frakes and Raj Singh of PalmStar Media, which is providing financing. Erica Lee is executive producing, while CAA and WME are co-representing domestic rights.

Adapted for the big screen by Matt Cook, Three Seconds tells the story of a man forced to go undercover in prison as part of an FBI operation. When he's abandoned, however, he's forced to escape on his own.

“We are looking forward to presenting this fun and fast-paced script to buyers in Berlin. It’s a great package — an immensely commercial project with a talented and seasoned team between Otto, Basil and Kevin," Walton said.

Bloom's slate also includes Shane Black's The Nice Guys, starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, and Gus Van Sant's The Sea of Trees, starring Matthew McConaughey.

Bathurst and Evans are both represented by WME.