300 star Gerard Butler has been cast in the lead role of a new film adaptation of the Noah Boyd novel The Bricklayer. Millennium Films just acquired the right to the FBI thriller which follows a "rogue former agent who’s called in to help battle a criminal group that is demanding an escalating series of multi-million dollar ransom payments." The author of the book is actually a former FBI agent, Boyd is a pseudonym used by former FBI agent Paul Lindsay. Hanna Weg (Enigma) was hired to adapt the novel for the big screen.
The story follows a character named Steve Vail, a former FBI agent, who is working as a Chicago bricklayer. The agency asks him to help track down and fight against a criminal gang. There's also a female deputy director that is assigned to work with Vail on his new mission.
This is a perfect movie for Butler to be a part of, I can easily see him in a role like this. The movie has potential, I like these kinds of films so if it's done well it could be awesome.
Here the official description of the book:
Someone gives you a dangerous puzzle to solve, one that may kill you or someone else, and you're about to fail. . . . And there is no other option. No one who can help. No one but the Bricklayer.
The Bricklayer is the pulse-pounding novel introducing Steve Vail, one of the most charismatic new heroes to come along in thriller fiction in many years. He's an ex–FBI agent who's been fired for insubordination but is lured back to the Bureau to work a case that has become more unsolvable—and more deadly—by the hour.
A woman steps out of the shower in her Los Angeles home and is startled by an intruder sitting calmly in her bedroom holding a gun. But she is frozen with fear by what he has to say about the FBI—and what he says he must do. . . .
A young agent slips into the night water off a rocky beach. He's been instructed to swim to a nearby island to deposit a million dollars demanded by a blackmailer. But his mission is riddled with hazardous tests, as if someone wanted to destroy him rather than collect the money. . . .
Vail has resigned himself to his dismissal and is content with his life as a bricklayer. But the FBI, especially Deputy Assistant Director Kate Bannon, needs help with a shadowy group that has initiated a brilliant extortion plot.
Steve Vail's options —and his time to find answers—are swiftly running out.
Noah Boyd's The Bricklayer is written with the bracing authenticity only someone who has been a crack FBI investigator can provide. And in this masterful debut Boyd has created a mind-bending maze of clues and traps inside a nonstop thrill ride that is sure to leave readers exhilarated and enthralled.