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Gerard Butler boards FBI thriller “The Bricklayer

By Sean O’Connell Gerard Butler has been making a number of wise choices in terms of upcoming roles. We’re anxious to see him in Marc Forster’s “Machine Gun Preacher” and Ralph Fiennes’ “Coriolanus,” both due out later this year.

Now we’re learning that Butler is attaching himself to “The Bricklayer,” an adaptation of a best-selling novel penned by former FBI agent Paul Lindsay. THR reports that Butler would play “a rogue former agent who’s called in to help battle a criminal group that is demanding an escalating series of multi-million dollar ransom payments.”

The title comes from the fact that the main character has taken a job as a bricklayer in his retirement, but is called back into action when the FBI encounters an adversary they can’t handle. THR says there’s also a role for a female deputy director at the FBI, but no one has been cast opposite Butler yet. So long as it’s not Jennifer Aniston or Katherine Heigl, we’re on board.

Hanna Weg (“Enigma”) is being brought in to pen “The Bricklayer” for Millenium Films, while Butler, Alan Siegel and Danielle Robinson are on board as producers.

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