Mads Mikkelsen will star in the action-thriller “Polar,” set in the gritty underworld of political assassins.

Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund is helming Jayson Rothwell’s adaption of the Dark Horse graphic novel “Polar: Came With the Cold” by Victor Santos. Mister Smith Entertainment is debuting the feature film to international buyers at the upcoming American Film Market, which opens Nov. 1 in Santa Monica, Calif.

Producers are Constantin Film’s Robert Kulzer, Bolt Pictures’ Jeremy Bolt, Dark Horse Entertainment’s Mike Richardson, and Keith Goldberg. Martin Moszkowicz is executive producing.

Mikkelsen will play the world’s top assassin Duncan Vizla, A.K.A the Black Kaiser who is retiring when his former employer marks him as a liability to the firm. Against his will, he soon finds himself being hunted by an army of younger, faster, ruthless killers who will stop at nothing to have him silenced. Having no choice but to return to the shadowy life he thought he’d left behind, he must use his arsenal of deadly skills to outsmart his enemies and protect an innocent woman.

“Mads Mikkelsen was born to play the world’s best assassin,” Bolt said. “He is totally believable as the Black Kaiser in ‘Polar’ and Jonas’ unique, vibrant but grounded and darkly comic style will set ‘Polar’ apart as an unforgettable tale.”

Mikkelsen’s prominent roles include the lead in NBC’s “Hannibal”; the Bond villain Le Chiffre in “Casino Royale”; the antagonist Kaecilius opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in “Doctor Strange”; and Galen Erso in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” Mikkelsen received the best actor award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for “The Hunt.”

Åkerlund is currently in post-production on the drama “Lords of Chaos,” starring Rory Culkin, Emory Cohen, and Sky Ferreira for Fox and Vice Film. He received Emmy and Grammy nominations for his work on Beyoncé’s visual album “Lemonade.”  He’s won Grammys for his music films for Paul McCartney’s “Live Kisses,” “Madonna: The Confessions Tour Live From London,” and “Madonna: Ray of Light.”

Kulzer and Bolt produced the “Resident Evil” movies. Richardson produced “Hellboy” and Goldberg exec produced “The Legend of Tarzan.”

Mikkelsen is represented by UTA and Art Management. Åkerlund is represented by Anonymous Content and Casarotto Ramsay & Associates.