U.S. actor Benjamin Walker, the star of the summer hit Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, has been hired to play the lead in the HBO pilot The Missionary, directed by Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur, as revealed last week.
The Missionary is a spy drama written by Charles Randolph. Set during the Cold War, Walker will play an American missionary who gets caught up in an intrigue while helping a young woman escape East Berlin, as described on variety.com.
In addition to Randolph, the pilot’s executive producers are author Malcolm Gladwell, Stephen Levinson, and Mark Wahlberg.
Baltasar is currently enjoying the success of his dramedy The Deep (Djúpið), Iceland’s entry for the upcoming Oscar’s foreign-language film nominations, which will be screened across the U.S. next year.
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