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by Jason Abdow

4/10/16

 

Jared Leto, who will be playing the iconic role has The Joker in August’s “Suicide Squad” has picked his next project. The Oscar winning actor, who is usually picky about his roles, has recently signed on to star in “The Outsider.”

The film was chosen as one of the best blacklisted scripts of 2011, and while there have been several attempted to produce the film, all efforts have been unsuccessful. Leto will be playing an American soldier, who was imprisoned in Japan following World War II. He is able to escape and find freedom thanks to his cellmate, a member of the Yakuza. This gets him stuck in debt to the crime organization. This will also serve as the English language debut for Danish director Martin Zandvliet. It is reported that the film will begin production this fall.

Previous attempts at making this movie included having “Safe House” director Daniel Espinosa helming with Michael Fassbender starring, back in 2012. Once plans fell through for unknown reasons, Tom Hardy was looked at to star, with director Takashi Miike. That plan also did not work and the film has remained untouched since early 2014.

There is no release date set for the film as of now.

Image by Shannon Adducci (http://www.billboard.com/articles/events/oscars/6890804/jared-leto-gucci-oscars-2016-look-stylist-miacaela-erlanger-interview)