Kellan Lutz has signed up for new indie movie Tatua.
The Twilight heartthrob will take the lead in the film, about an assassin with a rare blood type who can lift tattooed weapons off his skin, Deadline reported.
Aaron Sims, who made the hit viral short Archetype, is set to make his directing debut on the project.
Rick Schwartz of Overnight Productions said: "Kellan was in the foreground and the background of the Twilight Saga films, but he is a formidable physical presence and this is an opportunity for him to step up."
Kellan is best known for playing vampire Emmett Cullen in the Twilight movies. He recently finished production on Tarzan 3D, which sees him voice the jungle hero.