Logan Lerman and soon-to-be Ready Player One star Olivia Cooke have come attached to headline Tracking of a Russian Spy, THR has learned.
The timely thriller mines inspiration from Mitch Swenson’s memoir in which a taboo romance spawns between the journalist Swenson (Lerman) and Katya, an enigmatic Russian woman, after the two cross paths in a New York nightclub. American Ultra‘s Nima Nourizadeh has been appointed at the helm, with StudioCanal and The Picture Company leveraging financial support. It should be noted that Lerman and Cooke’s respective deals are in the final stages, and though neither has signed on the dotted line at the time of writing, THR’s report indicates that early signs are positive.
And for two of Hollywood’s brightest up-and-comers, Tracking of a Russian Spy is a difficult project to pass up. After breaking hearts in Me, Earl & the Dying Girl, Olivia Cooke is one of the lead stars on board for Steven Spielberg’s long-awaited adaptation of Ready Player One, while Logan Lerman was last seen experiencing the crippling brutality of war from within the steel confines of Fury.
Tracking of a Russian Spy is literally worlds away from WWII, and here, THR outlines the plot that awaits: “A secret romance between Swenson, a journalist, and Katya, a mysterious Russian woman he met in a New York nightclub. She disappeared suddenly after the arrest of 10 Russian-Americans who were charged with spying for the Kremlin. Swenson went to Moscow to uncover who his love really was, leading him down a rabbit hole of intrigue and shadow government operations deep within Russia.”
There’s no mention of a production start for Tracking of a Russian Spy just yet, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted as the project begins to coalesce. Meanwhile, Ready Player One continues to simmer in development ahead of an expected release on March 30th, 2018.