Chinese production-distribution outfit Fundamental Films and Thunder Road Pictures have tapped Ethan Hawke to star in their upcoming thriller “24 Hours to Live.”

Brian Smrz will direct from a Zachary Dean screenplay, based on an original script from Ron Mita & Jim McClain. “24 Hours to Live” follows an assassin who is given a chance at redemption after being killed on the job when his employer brings him back to life temporarily.

Basil Iwanyk of Thunder Road, Fundamental Films chairman Mark Gao and Fundamental’s president of international Gregory Ouanhon are producing the film, with Fundamental fully financing. Fundamental Films’ Gary Glushon and Thunder Road’s Kent Kubena and Jonathan Fuhrman will exec produce.

Sierra/Affinity will handle international sales starting next week at the Berlin Film Festival.

Smrz has been a second unit director on “X-Men: Apocalypse,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Iron Man 3,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and “Live Free or Die Hard.”

Hawke is starring in Fundamental-EuropaCorp co-production “Valerian” and MGM’s “The Magnificent Seven.” He starred as Chet Baker in the biopic “Born to Be Blue,” which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and will be released by IFC Films in March.

Fundamental Films and Thunder Road Pictures are also collaborating for Scott Waugh’s “Outlaws Inc.”

Hawke is represented by CAA and MGMT Entertainment. Smrz is represented by CAA and Oasis Media Group.