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Mr Robot's Rami Malek and Charlie Hunnam join Papillon remake

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Story by Jack Foley

MR Robot star Rami Malek is to line up alongside Sons of Anarchy‘s Charlie Hunnam for a remake of the 1973 drama Papillon.

The original film, about a prison escape from the infamous Devil’s Island in French Guiana, starred Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman.

Malek, who is currently starring in the second season of the critically-acclaimed and Emmy nominated Amazon Prime series about a renegade computer whizz, will play the role originated by Hoffman: the veteran criminal Louis Dega.

He will team up with Henri Charrière (Hunnam) for the escape.

Based on the memoirs of Charrière, who was nicknamed ‘Papillon’ (French for ‘butterfly’) because of the tattoo on his chest, the 1973 film proved to be a box office hit, doubling the $12 million it cost to make.

Directed by Franklin J Schaffner, it was co-scripted by the once-blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.

Charrière was sent to Devil’s Island in 1931 after being convicted of the murder of a pimp in 1931 – a crime he denied committing. He subsequently escaped in 1941 by using a bag of coconuts as a raft.

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