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Sam Worthington (“Avatar”) has signed on for crime thriller “Transfusion.” Altitude Media Group will represent the project at the upcoming Cannes Marche du Film (June 21-25).

The feature is helmed by actor, writer and director Matt Nable (“Arrow”) and represents his directorial debut. He previously wrote biker film “Outlaws”.

It began shooting in Sydney, Australia earlier this week.

Worthington is joined by fellow Australian Phoebe Tonkin (“The Vampire Diaries”) in the film, about a former Special Forces operative who finds himself in a criminal underworld as he tries to keep his son from being abducted.

“Transfusion” is produced by John Schwarz and Michael Schwarz of Deeper Water Films. Cailah Scobie from Stan and Paul Wiegard from Madman Entertainment will executive produce. Altitude Media’s Will Clarke, Andy Mayson and Mike Runagall will also executive produce.

“In ‘Transfusion’ we’ve found a movie that has that special combination of visceral action and achingly beautiful emotion,” said Michael Schwarz. Matt is an already accomplished writer and actor, and it’s incredibly exciting to watch him step into the director’s chair and bring his own words to life. With Sam he has the perfect actor to showcase the rugged vulnerability of this very powerful script.”

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“Following our successful collaboration on ‘Gold,’ we’re thrilled to re-team with Deeper Water Films to bring Matt Nable’s arresting thriller to worldwide buyers this Cannes,” added Altitude’s Runagall.

Thriller “Gold” stars Zac Efron, Susie Porter and Anthony Hayes.

In Australia “Transfusion” will premier on streaming service Stan in 2022 following a Madman Entertainment theatrical release in Australia and New Zealand.