Ben C. Lucas (“Wasted on the Young”) is aiming at “The Duelist,” coming onboard to direct Gold Circle’s neo-Western.

Gold Circle’s been developing “The Duelist” since the spring, when it picked up Shawn Linden action-thriller spec and tapped Lane Shadgett to rewrite (Daily Variety, June 8).

Project’s set in an underground world of quick-draw gunfights with classic themes of honor, blood, betrayal and redemption. Gold Circle topper Paul Brooks will produce along with 1st Degree Pictures’ Todd Breau and Kari Hollend. Gold Circle’s Scott Niemeyer will exec produce, and Guy Danella co-produces and oversees the project.

Gold Circle will begin casting “The Duelist” shortly with plans to shoot next year. Gold Circle is currently shooting comedy “Pitch Perfect” starring Anna Kendrick for Universal and is in post-production on Lionsgate’s “The Haunting in Georgia.”

Lucas made his feature debut on Australian thriller “Wasted on the Young,” starring Oliver Ackland (“The Proposition”), Adelaide Clemens (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) and Alex Russell (“Wheeler Boys”). The high-school drama follows the tale of two brothers — one cool kid and one geek — who are placed at the mercy of their classmates’ opinion after a traumatic event at a party sets of a chain reaction of fatal events.

“Wasted,” also written by Lucas, was nominated for an Australian Writers Guild award for best original screenplay.

Lucas is represented by CAA, Stacey Testro International and attorney Howard Abramson of Behr & Abramson LLP.