After previously casting Ben Kingsley and Josh Hutcherson in the political thriller BACKSTABBING FOR BEGINNERS, Theo James is now in early talks to take over Hutcherson’s vacated role.
The script from Daniel Pyne and Per Fly is inspired by international relations veteran Michael Soussan’s memoir Backstabbing For Beginners: My Crash Course In International Diplomacy. It follows Michael, an idealistic UN program coordinator who becomes involved in the fight for oil in post-war Iraq. When he seeks advice from his mentor, he begins to uncover a conspiracy at the highest levels of power. James would play Michael and Kingsley his mentor.
James, best known for the YA series Divergent, has also signed on for Underworld 5 opposite Kate Beckinsale, as well as War On Everyone and Jim Sheridan’s The Secret Scripture.
He is repped by WME.