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The Raid's Gareth Evans to direct Apostle with Dan Stevens

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Story by Jack Foley

GARETH Evans, the British filmmaker who shot to prominence for his martial arts extravaganza The Raid and its sequel, has lined up his next project.

He will write and direct a period thriller called Apostle, which follows the fortunes of a mysterious man (to be played by former Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens) who travels to a remote island in search of his missing sister.

Once there, the man attempts to rescue his sister after she’s kidnapped by a religious cult, which – in turn – is demanding a ransom for her return.

But it soon becomes clear that the cult will regret the day it baited the man, who digs deeper and deeper into the secrets and lies upon which the commune is built.

Production is currently scheduled to begin in March 2017 in the UK.

Evans is attached to another new film called Blister.

Stevens, meanwhile, is heading for a busy 2017. He is set to star in FX’s drama Legion, which is based on the Marvel comic book, and he will also lead Disney’s live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, in which he plays the titular Beast character – aka Prince Adam – opposite Emma Watson’s Belle.

He was most recently seen in the Toronto Film Festival film Colossal.

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