Jared Leto is attached to star in the Waypoint and Linson Entertainment thriller “The Outsider.”
“Land of Mine” helmer Martin Zandvliet will direct the pic. Waypoint Entertainment will finance, with Ken Kao producing alongside John Linson (“Sons of Anarchy”) and Art Linson under their Linson Entertainment banner. Bloom will handle international sales.
Set in post-WWII Japan, “The Outsider” tells the story of an imprisoned American soldier (Leto) who is released with the help of his Yakuza cellmate. Now free, he sets out to earn their respect and repay his debt while navigating the dangerous criminal underworld. Andrew Baldwin penned the script.
Production is set to start this fall.
Following his Oscar-winning performance in “Dallas Buyers Club,” Leto can be seen next as the Joker in “Suicide Squad” alongside Will Smith and Margot Robbie. That film bows this August.
He is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment.
The pic will mark Zandvliet’s English-language debut following the success of “Land of Mine,” which was lauded at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival and acquired by Sony Pictures as a potential awards contender this year. He is repped by WME and Magnolia Entertainment.