Rami Malek has been in negotiating talks to star as Louis Dega in the remake of the 1973 classic 'Papillon along side Charlie Hunnam to play Henri 'Papillon' Charriere.
Charlie will play the role originated by Steve McQueen and Rami is in talks to play the role originated by Dustin Hoffman.
The film will shoot in September, directed by Michael Noer (Northwest) from a script by Prisoners writer Aaron Guzikowski.
Ram Bergman and Roger Corbi are producing.
The film is a contemporary retelling of the original, which was based on the memoirs of convicted felon and fugitive Henri Charriere, who staged an epic escape from Devil’s island, a notorious penal colony in French Guiana, South America.
The petty criminal from the Parisian underworld was unjustly convicted of murder in 1930s France, and he was aided by Louis Dega, a quirky counterfeiter. That’s the role Malek will play; their relationship starts with Charriere providing protection for Dega from fellow thug inmates, and it grows into a bond and Degas agrees to finance Papillon’s prison escape.