Jared Leto signs on for Yakuza crime thriller The Outsider

The Joker picks his second role since winning an Oscar

Jared Leto is notoriously selective in the film roles he chooses to take. In fact, the forthcoming Suicide Squad will be his first movie since winning an Oscar for 2013’s Dallas Buyers Club. So when he signs on for a new project, it’s usually something worth knowing about. As The Hollywood Reporter has it, Leto has already chosen his follow-up to his turn as The Joker, as he’s set to star in the action thriller The Outsider.

Written by Andrew Baldwin (Bastille Day), The Outsider is set in post-World War II Japan. Leto will play an American soldier who escapes prison with the help of his Yakuza cellmate. Now indebted to the crime syndicate, he aims to earn the Yakuzas’ respect as he makes his way through Japan’s criminal underworld.

Matrin Zandvliet will make his English-language directorial debut with The Outsider. His war drama Land of Mine, about German soldiers who used their bare hands to uncover landmines, was purchased by Sony Pictures at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Zandvliet will be working alongside Waypoint Entertainment (Shane Black’s forthcoming The Nice Guys) producer Ken Kao and John and Art Linson of Linson Entertainment (Heat, Fight Club).

Filming is expected to begin this fall, which makes a 2017 release probable. If that pans out, this could be the first time Leto has had back-to-back movies in consecutive years since 2006’s Lonely Hearts and 2007’s Chapter 27.

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