Edgar Ramirez is in talks to star in Netflix’s The Last Days of American Crime.
The actor, who broke onto the world stage with his portrayal of Carlos the Jackal, is fresh from an Emmy nomination for bringing to life another notorious figure, Gianni Versace, in American Crime Story. Now, he’s negotiating with Netflix to star in their adaptation of Rick Remember’s comic book.
Directed by Taken 2’s Olivier Megaton, the gritty thriller is set in a near future where the government plans to broadcast a signal that will make it impossible for anyone to knowingly do anything illegal. The comic book is being adapted by Karl Gajdusek, who previously penned the Tom Cruise sci-fi flick Oblivion and is an EP on Stranger Things.
Ramirez is in talks to play Graham Bricke, a career criminal who gets entangled with a femme fatale and her boyfriend to commit the heist of the century – a job that will see them face off against other criminals and the clock.
The comic book was first published back in 2009, with Remender (who also created Black Science) teaming up with artist Greg Tocchini for the mini-series. THR’s sources describe the gritty tone as similar to Sin City and The Purge.
The project is being produced by Jesse Berger of Radical Studios, Jason Michael Berman of Mandalay Pictures, Barry Levine and Kevin Turen, as well as Gajdusek, Remender, Matlock Stone and Matt O’Toole.