Mads Mikkelsen in talks to play Chaos Walking villain

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The Edge of Tomorrow director's next up project is an adaptation of Patrick Ness' multiple award-winning Chaos Walking, the dystopian series (The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer, Monsters of Men) that follows Viola Eade (Ridley) and Todd Hewitt (Holland) in a odd world where noise - The Noise - of humanity's every thought and sound is amplified, heard by everyone. It's based on Patrick Ness' popular YA novel, which Lionsgate is eyeing as a potential franchise launcher.

The story takes place on a colony planet where nearly all women have been killed by a virus and all living creatures can hear one another's thoughts in a stream of images, words and sounds called Noise. This constant influx of information drives many people mad, until a young man (Holland) discovers that there is a girl (Ridley) who may have the key to unlocking the world's many secrets.

The actor is in discussions to join Chaos Walking as Prentiss, a ruthless man and mayor who, at one time, mentored Todd.

The movie is set to begin shooting later this summer in Montreal.

The script was crafted by Charlie Kaufman, Lindsey Beers, John Lee Hancock and Gary Spinelli.

Mikkelsen starred as the evil Hannibal Lecter on NBC's Hannibal. Mikkelsen is riding high off of 2016, where he played Doctor Strange villain Kaecilius and Rogue One's Death Star weapons designer Galen Erso - those two films grossed a combined $1.7 billion worldwide, so you could say he had a good year.

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