Actor, Jared Leto, will be making his directorial debut with Paramount Pictures’ upcoming film, 77.
The original screenplay for the police thriller was written by James Ellroy, who also authored L.A. Confidential. Revisions to the screenplay were made by David Matthews. Production will fall under the wings of writer and producer, Dick Wolf and Tony Ganz.
Though this is Leto’s official feature directorial debut, he has previously directed for the documentary, Artifact (2012), which won an award at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival, and numerous music videos and commercials under the pseudonym, Bartholomew Cubbins.
77 is set in a politically charged 1974 Los Angeles and will follow two police officers who work together to investigate the murder of a fellow officer and rescue the kidnapped heiress, Patty Hearst.
Leto was awarded the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club in 2013 and despite 77 currently mid-development, he will next be seen on the big screen this October in Blade Runner 2049, alongside Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling.