May 2 2013, 4:14am CDT | by Luigi Lugmayr
The 'Harry Potter' actor has signed on to play the lead role in director Anthony Mandler's forthcoming thriller based on the real life events of a journalist who exposed a Yakuza mafia boss, reports Deadline.
The story follows American reporter Jake Adelstein, who, while working at a newspaper in Tokyo, Japan, was assigned to the crime beat and found himself in the crosshairs of Yakuza boss Tadamasa Goto, known as the ''John Gotti of Japan''.
The journalist detailed his brush with the mob in a memoir - from which the film's script will be adapted - and the high-stakes drama will track how Adelstein investigated and eventually exposed the criminal kingpin at great personal cost, including death threats.
Adelstein will contribute to playwright JT Rogers' script for the film, which will be produced by John Lesher and Adam Kassan for Le Grisbi Productions.
The actor has also recently signed on to star in 20th Century Fox's remake of 'Frankenstein'.
Source: Bang Movies
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