Thesp to topline action-thriller

Hayden Christensen is set to topline David R. Ellis’ “The Genesis Code,” an action-thriller about genetic engineering and a religious sect known as the Shadow of the Cross.

Myriad Pictures topper Kirk D’Amico is co-producing with Tove Christensen, the actor’s brother; Michael Mailer; and Alvaro Longoria. Tove Christensen produces via his Forest Park Pictures.

Myriad, which owns worldwide rights, will sell the film at the Cannes film market, which gets under way Wednesday.

“Genesis Code” is based on John Case’s book of the same name. Scribe Kevin Bernhardt is adapting it for the bigscreen.

Storyline focuses on a former national security expert who is investigating the death of his sister and her young son. Clues lead him to a clinic in the mountains of Italy, where a terrifying secret experiment is being conducted.

Christensen, who played “Star Wars ‘ ” Anakin Skywalker, stars in John Lussenhop’s upcoming “Takers,” opposite Matt Dillon and Zoe Saldana, as well as Brad Anderson’s “Vanishing on 7th Street,” opposite Thandie Newton and John Leguizamo.

Myriad’s Cannes slate also includes 2010 Sundance audience winner “Happythankyoumoreplease”; Simon Wincer’s “The Cup,” which Brendan Gleeson has joined; “Every Day”; “Main Street”; and “Good Neighbors.”

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