LONDON — Richard Loncraine has parachuted into the vacant director’s chair for Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures’ Harrison Ford starrer “The Wrong Element.”
The action thriller, penned by Joe Forte, was due to be directed by Mark Pellington, but he pulled out in August after the sudden death of his wife.
Ford plays a security chief for a global bank whose family is kidnapped.
Pic reunites Loncraine with Paul Bettany, the lead in “Wimbledon” who is taking on the villain’s role in “Wrong Element.”
Loncraine most recently helmed “Wimbledon” for Working Title, a romantic comedy that marked a creative departure from his work on heavyweight HBO dramas “My House in Umbria,” “The Gathering Storm” and “Band of Brothers.”
“Wrong Element” will be his first Hollywood movie after a 30-year directing career that includes Brit credits such as “Richard III,” “Bellman and True” and “The Missionary.”
John Shestack and Beacon Communications chairman Armyan Bernstein are producing, with Bruce Berman exec producing.
Pic is being overseen by WB Pictures’ Jeff Clifford and Village Roadshow’s Dana Goldberg.
(Cathy Dunkley contributed to this report.)