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Dominic Cooper will star in the European action-thriller “Stratton,” six weeks after Henry Cavill abruptly exited the project.

Simon West is directing the movie, which is based on the first of a series of eight novels by Duncan Falconer. It follows a Special Boat Service operative who’s tracking down an international terrorist cell through Central Asia, mainland Europe and London.

Cavill pulled out of “Stratton” on May 26, five days before shooting was to begin, due to “creative differences” on the script.

Cooper’s credits include “Mamma Mia!,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” and “Dracula Untold.”

Gemma Chan, Austin Stowell (“Whiplash”), Tyler Hoechlin and Tom Felton also star in the film, which starts shooting next week in Italy before moving to Rome and London. Thomas Kretschmann, Derek Jacobi, Connie Nielsen and Jake Fairbrother have been cast in supporting roles.

“Dominic Cooper’s talent, versatility and his originality as an actor provide the perfect fit for what will be an entirely fresh and memorable action hero,” West said.

GFM Films’ Guy Collins said, “It has been exceptionally hectic over the last five to six weeks” to restructure the film.

Collins noted that several key distributors have stood by the film since Cavill left, adding that Square One acquired German-speaking territories last week.

“Stratton” is a GFM Films production through Stratton Film Productions, financially supported by Swiss Corporation Halston, U.K.-based White & Company Chartered Accountants and Ober Private Clients Limited. Producers are Ileen Maisel, Lawrence Elman and Matthew Jenkins.

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