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In a pre-American Film Market deal, Nicolas Cage has come on board to star in the independent action thriller “A Score to Settle.”

Highland Film Group will introduce the project to international buyers during the American Film Market, which opens Nov. 1 in Santa Monica, Calif.

“A Score to Settle” will be directed by Shawn Ku, winner of the Toronto Film Festival’s Discovery Award for his debut feature “Beautiful Boy.” The script is written by John Newman and Christian Swegal.

Cage will play a convicted mob enforcer battling a terminal illness. He’s released from prison many years after taking the fall for a crime he didn’t commit and sets out on a path for revenge against the people who wronged him.

Producers are First Point Entertainment’s Lee Clay (“Rememory”) and Goldrush Entertainment’s Eric Gozlan, who teamed with Ku on “Beautiful Boy.” Highland Film Group’s Arianne Fraser and Delphine Perrier are executive producing.

Cage recently starred in the horror-thriller “Mom and Dad,” which world premiered in the Midnight Madness section of the Toronto Film Festival last month. He is currently in post-production on “#211” and “Looking Glass,” which Highland Film Group is also selling.

Cage is represented by CAA, Link Entertainment, and Bloom, Hergott, Diemer, Rosenthal, Laviolette, Feldman, Schenkman & Goodman. Ku is repped by Paradigm Talent Agency, Field Entertainment, and Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein Kohner & Gellman.