After a stint on prestige TV (Showtime's The First Lady), Aaron Eckhart is the latest actor to go the action star route. Like so many aging actors before him, he'll portray a highly skilled and ruthless assassin.
The Bricklayer - yet another espionage thriller filmed on the cheap in Europe - hails from Finnish action maestro Renny Harlin, who seemingly couldn't miss in the '90s. While he hasn't had much success in the decades since, he's found his lane in this type of film, starting with last year's The Misfits. He'll direct Eckhart as Vail, a retired operative called back in to unravel the mystery of who's killing foreign journalists and framing the C.I.A. (This being a rare case of the C.I.A. not being responsible.) The cast also includes Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries), Clifton Collins Jr. (Westworld) and Tim Blake Nelson (Nightmare Alley).
Screen Media and Millennium Films will unleash The Bricklayer next summer.