Ryan Goslin will play the villain in The Dark Knight, the Warner Bros. movie adaptation of the 2009 novel by Philip K. Dick, the studio announced on Tuesday.
Gosling will play “Captain Jack,” who is part of a team of assassins who infiltrate a secret government facility.
His name is a play on the name of a character in the book who was named Jack in honor of his father, an agent of the U.S. military.
The movie will star Christian Bale, Jeremy Irons, Michael Caine, Daniel Kaluuya, Michelle Pfeiffer and Oscar Isaac.
Warner Bros.’ version will be directed by Jon Watts, who was hired to direct The Dark Knights Rises, a reboot of the original trilogy.
The studio’s marketing team has yet to announce a release date for the movie.
The Dark Lord, the name given to the movie by Watts, is an alternate universe version of the comic book series.
“The Dark Lord” is described as “a powerful figure from a parallel universe who is fighting to stop the creation of the new dark lord.”
It will also be the first time in 20 years that the film will not be directed or produced by Christopher Nolan, who also co-wrote and produced the film.
The sequel to 2012’s The Dark Tower, which grossed more than $1 billion worldwide, will focus on Bruce Wayne, played by Tom Hardy, as he investigates a plot to destroy his own life.
The last time a film was based on a book was 2001’s The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, which starred Elijah Wood and Peter Cushing.
The film was released in November.
The franchise is owned by Warner Bros., which also has two other DC Comics franchises: Batman and Superman.
In May, the company announced it was acquiring all of Warner Bros.-owned DC Entertainment.
“We are extremely excited to be working with Warner Bros.,” Gorelick said in a statement.
I’m also very excited about the opportunities it will present for our team of talented filmmakers and to continue developing our long-standing storytelling.”