I've never seen Papillon, the 1973 prison break movie starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman, but it's getting a Hollywood remake with Charlie Hunnam in the lead role originally played by McQueen. Now Deadline says that Mr. Robot star Rami Malek has signed on to the movie as well, and he'll be playing the role originally played by Hoffman. Michael Noer (Northwest) is directing, and Prisoners screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski wrote the script.
The film is a contemporary retelling of the original, which was based on the memoirs of convicted felon and fugitive Henri Charriere. He was a petty criminal from the Parisian underworld who was unjustly convicted of murder in 1930s France. He staged an epic escape from Devil’s Island, a notorious penal colony in French Guiana in South America, aided by quirky counterfeiter Louis Dega.
This seems like a part that will be a breeze for Malek to play. To get a better sense of what the movie is about, watch the trailer below — but beware, it's almost four minutes long, so I'm pretty sure it basically gives away the entire movie.