Fox has tapped James Badge Dale to star in its supernatural thriller “The Empty Man.”

David Britten Prior is directing from his own script, adapted from a Boom! Studios’ graphic novel, published in 2014. Boom!’s Ross Richie and Stephen Christy are producing the project under the company’s first-look deal at Fox.

Prior came on to the project in February when the studio acquired the movie rights. Fox is preparing to start shooting in South Africa this fall.

The story centers on a troubled ex-cop who battles to find a missing girl, but discovers a sinister presence all around him. The novel was written by Eisner Award-winner Cullen Bunn and illustrated by Vanesa R. Del Rey

Badge Dale starred in Michael Bay’s “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” Robert Zemeckis’ “The Walk” and “The Departed.” TV credits include “Rubicon” and “The Pacific.”

He is repped by CAA, MJ Management and Jackoway Tyerman.