Russell Crowe is set to star in Paramount's thriller "American Son," which is based on the critically acclaimed French film "A Prophet."
Andrew "Rapman" Onwubolu is on board to direct the movie from a screenplay by Dennis Lehane. Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe are producing through Original Film.
"American Son" centers around a man, who, after falling under the control of a ruthless mobster (played by Crowe) while in prison, builds a multiracial crime syndicate, takes down his mentor, and earns a place for his crew alongside the Italian and Russian mafias.
Paramount will now look to find the film's protagonist and the casting will begin shortly.
The original pic, directed by Jacques Audiard, follows an Arab man (played by Tahar Rahim), who's sent to a French prison, where he becomes a mafia kingpin. "A Prophet" won the grand prix at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. It was also nominated for best foreign-language film at the 2010 Oscars.