Sam Worthington has signed on to star in a currently untitled thriller for Netflix that will hail from The Machinist director Brad Anderson. The film was formerly known as Fracture, and the script has been written by Alan B. McElroy (Wrong Turn).
Worthington will play a family man whose wife and daughter disappear in the middle of an ER visit, and he must fight to keep his sanity as he desperately tries to figure out what happened.
Anderson has always been an underrated director, and usually excels at these kinds of dark thrillers. The Machinist – which starred Christian Bale in an infamous weight-loss role – is a fantastic forgotten gem from 2004, while he also helmed the very creepy 2001 horror Session 9, which has also developed a cult following.
While Worthington has never lived up to his breakout role in Avatar, he is coming off the best performance of his career in the limited series Manhunt: Unabomber, where he starred alongside Paul Bettany. He’s set to reprise his role as Jake Sully in all four Avatar sequels, the first of which is expected to arrive December 18, 2020.
As Netflix currently shifts their main focus to romantic comedies and prestige pictures, these are the kinds of projects that often get forgotten about. But giving Anderson the chance to direct another taut thriller is a smart move for a company still looking to give its Original Film department a boost.