Tom Hanks to Star in Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Triple Frontier’

Producer Charles Roven confirms the two-time Oscar winner’s involvement in the South American crime drama

Two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks has officially signed on to star in Kathryn Bigelow's "Triple Frontier," producer Charles Roven has told Coming Soon.

Written by Bigelow's "Hurt Locker" screenwriter Mark Boal, the project is an ensemble-driven film set in the crime-plagued border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil, where the Igazu and Parana rivers converge. Law enforcement officials have a difficult time monitoring "la triple frontier," which makes the area a haven for organized crime.

The gritty project isn't typical Hanks fare, but neither was Sam Mendes' "Road to Perdition," and that 2002 crime drama earned six Oscar nominations and showcased a darker side of Hanks that the actor rarely has the opportunity to project on the big screen.

Roven said that despite reports, other actors have yet to commit to join Hanks in the project, which is aiming to start production in mid-March. By that point, Hanks will have finished post-production on "Larry Crowne," which he directed and stars in opposite Julia Roberts.

Hanks' fellow Academy Award winners Sean Penn and Javier Bardem have also been rumored for roles in "Triple Frontier," along with Oscar nominee Will Smith and Christian Bale, who is expected to earn his first Oscar nomination for his devastating performance as a former boxer-turned-crackhead in "The Fighter."

"Triple Frontier" has also been referred to as "Sleeping Dogs," and while the title hasn't been set in stone, Roven apparently referred to the film by the former title.

Hanks is represented by CAA.