Willem Dafoe to Star in Thriller From 'The Witch' Helmer

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Dafoe is in talks to play a character named Old in a story that will take place in Nova Scotia in the early 20th century.

Willem Dafoe is set to star in The Lighthouse, a thriller about an aging lighthouse keeper, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The Witch director Robert Eggers will write and direct the story, which will see Dafoe playing a character named Old and will take place in Nova Scotia in the early 20th century. RT Features is set to produce for A24 and New Regency. RT Features previously helped produce Eggers' critically acclaimed indie The Witch, which was distributed by A24.

Dafoe has been nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award, among other laurels, for his role as a hotel manager in The Florida Project in 2017. He'll also be starring in DC Comics' upcoming Aquaman, set to release this year. 

In a February cover story for The Hollywood Reporter, Dafoe said that he has rarely been offered leading-man roles throughout his career. "I'm like the boy next door, if you live next door to a mausoleum," he joked.

Dafoe is repped by CAA, Circle of Confusion and Narrative.