‘Watchmen’ Star Malin Akerman Joins Ethan Hawke in CIA Thriller

Kaspar Barfoed will direct “The Numbers Station” from a script by F. Scott Frazier

"Watchmen" star Malin Akerman is attached to star opposite Ethan Hawke in the CIA thriller "The Numbers Station," her publicist has confirmed to TheWrap.

Kaspar Barfoed is directing the $10 million movie from a script by F. Scott Frazier.

Hawke will play as a disgraced black ops agent who is assigned to protect a young woman in the middle of the Nevada desert. The duo must fight to survive after they come under attack from unspecified enemies.

Hawke will produce through his company Under the Influence Prods., and his wife, Ryan Hawke, will also serve as a producer along with Furst Films' Bryan and Sean Furst. Chris Cowles and Chris Fenton of H2F Entertainment will exec produce the film, which is scheduled to start production early next year.

ContentFilm Intl. has acquired worldwide rights to the project and will be selling it at the Toronto International Film Festival along with several other indies.

Akerman is part of the ensemble of Galt Niederhoffer's dramedy "The Romantics," which opens in limited release this weekend, and she'll soon be seen in Josh Radnor's acclaimed indie "Happythankyoumoreplease."

The actress recently wrapped the thriller "Catch .44", and she also stars opposite Ryan Phillippe and Taylor Kitsch in the South African drama "The Bang Bang Club," which will be seeking U.S. distribution at Toronto.

Hawke is currently filming Pawel Pawlikowski's "The Woman in the Fifth" with fellow Oscar nominee Kristin Scott Thomas.

Akerman is represented by WME and Sanders Armstrong Caserta Management.

The actress' involvement in the project was first reported by Variety.