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Rylance takes shot at The Gunman

Mark Rylance is set to join Sean Penn in action thriller The Gunman.

The Tony-winning stage and screen star is to play one of Sean's nemeses in Pierre Morel's upcoming big-screen adaptation of Jean-Patrick Manchette's novel Prone Gunman, said The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog.

Sean is already on board to play a professional hitman who is betrayed by the organisation he works for, and is forced to play a game of cat and mouse across Europe.

Javier Bardem has been cast as the screen husband of Sean's love interest (played by Jasmine Trinca), while Luther star Idris Elba is in talks to play a rival agent and Ray Winstone is to portray a mentor for Sean's character.

Mark, a two-time Olivier award-winner who has won acclaim for his roles in Jerusalem and Boeing Boeing, has previously appeared in films such as The Other Boleyn Girl, Blitz and Anonymous.

The 53-year-old has also won a Bafta for his performance in TV drama The Government Inspector.

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