Belgian thesp Matthias Schoenaerts, who picked up a Best Newcomer award at the Césars for his outstanding performance in this year’s arthouse sensation Rust and Bone will be re-teaming with his Bullhead director Michael R. Roskam for his next project Animal Rescue.
Schoenaerts will take a supporting role in Roskam’s American feature debut, the New York-set crime drama, starring Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace.
Based on a short story by Gone Baby Gone author Dennis Lehane, who also adapted the script, the plot follows a man (Hardy) who wants to shed his criminal past, but ‘gets mixed up in a bad heist and a killing resulting from a lost and contested pit bull.’
Rapace will play Nadia, who has a scar across her neck, and crosses paths with the bartender, while Schoenaerts will have an unspecified supporting role.
Once set in Boston, the screen version will take place in New York with shooting set to begin on location next month.
Schoenaerts also stars as ‘a deceased World War I soldier, stuck in limbo between life and death’ in the Oscar-nominated short film Death of a Shadow from up-and-coming filmmaker Tom Van Avermaet.
The last thing busy actor shot was Blood Ties with Guillaume Canet in June and in April, he confirmed that will start work on Alan Rickman’s period drama A Little Chaos opposite Kate Winslet, and then in the summer, he will join Michelle Williams for the WWII drama Suite Francaise.
Check out the trailer for the Oscar-nominated short that’ll be at tonight’s Oscars.