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Rami Malek may join the Papillon remake

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Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman starred in 1973’s Papillon. A great film based on the autobiography by the French convict Henri Charrière. Dalton Trumbo and Lorenzo Semple Jr. wrote the script, which was Trumbo’s final screenplay.

There is now a remake in the works from producer Red Granite with Danish director Michael Noer attached. Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners) wrote the script.

Convicted murderer Henri Charriere, known as “Papillon” for his butterfly chest tattoo, is transported to French Guiana to serve his sentence in a work camp. Determined to escape, Papillon forms an unlikely relationship with the frail but notorious forger Louis Dega, who reluctantly joins in the attempt. Despite the harshness of solitary confinement, brutal conditions and constant threats of betrayal, Papillon leads a desperate escape off the island.

Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim, Sons of Anarchy) was already attached to play the lead role, but he could be joined by Mr. Robot’s Rami Malek who is currently in talks to play the Louis Dega role.

It will be a contemporary retelling of the original story and filming is due to begin this September.

Via Deadline

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