Charlie Hunnam to star in "Triple Nine"

July 19th, 2013

Charlie Hunnam is set to star in 'Triple Nine'.

The 'Pacific Rim' actor is attached to the lead role in the John Hillcoat-directed crime thriller, while Oscar-winning stars Christoph Waltz and Cate Blanchett are also in talks to join the cast, according to

The title 'Triple Nine' refers to an American police code indicating that a police officer needs immediate assistance.

The plot follows a group of thieves who plan to kill a young LAPD officer (Hunnam) to divert the police away from a heist they're conducting across town.

Hunnam will play the targeted officer, while Waltz is in talks to play Hunnam's uncle, who is a fellow cop investigating the criminals.

'The Hobbit' actress Blanchett is tipped to play the role of a cunning mobster's wife, who is really the one behind the heist.

Shia LaBeouf was originally attached to the lead role in the film, which would have lead to a reunion with Hillcoat, who directed him in 'Lawless'.

Production on the film is slated to begin before the end of the year.

Hunnam - who also stars in TV show 'Sons of Anarchy' - is next set to reunite with 'Pacific Rim' director Guillermo del Toro for 'Crimson Peak'.