Casting News: Gary Oldman Joins Thriller About 'International Opioid Crisis'

As the one year anniversary of his Oscar and BAFTA wins for Darkest Hour approaches, Gary Oldman has started shooting a very different sounding movie to last year's acclaimed Winston Churchill biopic.

Alongside Call Me by Your Name's Armie Hammer and Lost's Evangeline Lilly, Oldman has landed a lead role in Dreamland, a new thriller from Arbitrage director Nicholas Jarecki.

According to Variety, Dreamland will follow three intertwining stories about the international opioid crisis.

"The devastating impact of the opioid crisis reaches all corners of society," Jarecki said. "Gary, Armie, and Evangeline are the perfect performers to bring the human face of this epidemic to audiences everywhere."

Oldman's role has yet to be confirmed, but key characters in Dreamland are said to include a drug trafficker smuggling Fentanyl between Canada and the U.S., an architect battling an addiction to OxyContin, and a university professor who discovers that his employers, an international drug company, aren't quite what they seem.

Filming is already underway in Detroit and Montreal. In the meantime, Oldman has two other movies on the release slate. The Woman in the Window, a thriller from his Darkest Hour director Joe Wright co-starring Julianne Moore and Amy Adams, is due for release on October 4.

He'll also be seen alongside Meryl Streep in The Laundromat, a Steven Soderbergh film about the journalists who unearthed the 'Panama Papers' tax evasion scheme, which is set to debut on Netflix later this year.

Are you excited for Gary Oldman's latest role?