Nicolas Cage is to star in “Dog Eat Dog,” a crime thriller being directed by Paul Schrader.

The film is being launched at Cannes and sold by Arclight Films. Writers are Matt Wilder and Schrader, as an adaptation of the award-winning book of the same name by celebrated author Eddie Bunker.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be working with industry legends like Paul Schrader and Nicolas Cage as well as accomplished producers Mark Earl Burman and David Hilary of Pure Dopamine,” said Gary Hamilton, Managing Director of Arclight Films.

“Dog Eat Dog” is a contemporary crime thriller about a trio of ex-cons, deep in the underbelly of Los Angeles, who are hired for a kidnapping. When the botched abduction goes awry and gets completely out of control, the cons find themselves on the run, vowing to stay out of prison at all costs.

Producers are Mark Earl Burman and David Hillary of Pure Dopamine. Executive Producers are Gary Hamilton, Don Rivers, Tim Peternel, Shaun Redick and Ray Mansfield.

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Cage is repped by CAA and Link Entertainment. Schrader is repped by Parseghian Planco, and Jeff Berg at Resolution. Edward Bunker and his estate are represented by Jeanne Field at Windfall Management.