Alexander Skarsgard and Dane DeHaan have signed on to star in a drama titled The Tiger.
The film will be based on the book by John Vaillant, which will be adapted by Ukrainian director Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi, who previously directed 2014’s The Tribe, a dark drama about a school for the deaf that was done entirely in Ukrainian sign language without subtitles.
Set in snowy far east Russia in the late 90s and based on a true story, the film follows a man named Vanzin as his sense of duty is tested when he’s charged with hunting down and exterminating a tiger that killed a poacher in self-defense. Skarsgard will play Vanzin, while DeHaan will play Kanchuga, a young environmental scientist and newest member of the team.
“I am so excited to make this film, and am overwhelmed with admiration towards the team that has rallied behind it. I’ve worked on the story of The Tiger for a very long time, and the chance to see it realized is a dream come true,” Slaboshpytskyi said in a statement.
“Darren is a producer of singular taste and talent, and Alexander and Dane are once-in-a-lifetime stars. I can’t imagine a better or more brilliant group of people as collaborators.”
Darren Aronofsky is producing The Tiger along with Plan B and Wild Bunch International. Sales on the project will launch at the Cannes Film Festival.
Skarsgard can currently be seen playing the lead in Robert Eggers‘ historical epic The Northman. He’ll next be seen in Brandon Cronenberg‘s sci-fi thriller Infinity Pool.
DeHaan currently stars in Antonio Campos‘ true crime miniseries The Staircase for HBO Max, and is currently filming Christopher Nolan‘s Oppenheimer.