LOS ANGELES: Michael Pena will star in “The Worker”, a Taken-meets-Bourne project to be helmed by veteran second unit director and stunt coordinator Dan Bradley, one of the biggest names in the action movie game.
The project tells of a Mexican special ops agent (Pena) working to take down the drug cartels who is forced to leave the country and enter a protection program in Los Angeles with his family.
He works as a day labourer content with the knowledge that his wife and son are safe. But the cartels have long arms and when his wife and son are kidnapped, his unique set of skills come in handy as he seeks revenge.
Jeremy Renner and Don Handfield are producing via their banner, The Combine (Kill the Messenger). Content’s Tom Butterfield also will produce.
Pena was last seen in “The Martian”.
Bradley worked on second unit for three of the “Bourne” movies and has credits ranging from “Spider-Man” 2 & 3 to “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” to the upcoming crime thriller “Triple 9”.
His stunt work stretches all the way back to the mid-1980s when he worked on films such as “The Re-Animator” and “Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge”.
Bradley made his directorial debut with the 2012 remake of “Red Dawn”.