Mickey Rourke heads to 'St. Vincent'

Actor to star in drama directed by Walter Hill

Mickey Rourke is going from taking hits in the ring to doling out hits himself.

The Oscar nominee for "The Wrestler" is set to star in "St. Vincent" for Occupant Films and Secret Handshake Entertainment.

He'll play a hit man who returns to New York to complete a botched hit. Masquerading as a priest, he finds himself hearing the confession of the man who he is targetting.

Walter Hill, who directed Rourke in the 1989 gangster tale "Johnny Handsome," is helming the project, based on an original script by Cameron Young.

Production is slated to begin later this year. Stuart Ford's IM Global is currently selling international rights outside of North America, while ICM, which also reps Rourke and Hill, handles North American rights.

Occupant's Keith Calder, Joe Neurauter and Felipe Marino and Secret Handshake's Dena Hysell and Joe Gressis will produce.

L.A.-based Occupant most recently produced the 2008 Sundance audience award winner "The Wackness," starring Ben Kingsley.

Secret Handshake's other projects include the feature "A Little Help," directed by Michael J. Weithorn and starring Jenna Fischer and Chris O'Donnell, which is currently in preproduction.