Austin Butler Leads Darren Aronofsky's 'Caught Stealing' at Sony

Star Power Shines in New Cinematic Endeavor.

by Nouman Rasool
Austin Butler Leads Darren Aronofsky's 'Caught Stealing' at Sony
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Following his chilling performance as a villain in "Dune Part II," Austin Butler is poised to take the lead in a gripping new project. The actor is set to star in "Caught Stealing," a crime thriller directed by the acclaimed Darren Aronofsky.

Sony Pictures has secured this highly anticipated film, which is an adaptation of Charlie Huston's novel. The story introduces audiences to Hank Thompson, a washed-up former baseball star who finds himself accidentally entangled in a desperate struggle for survival within the treacherous underworld of 1990s New York City.

Huston himself is on board, adapting his own work for the screen, with Aronofsky producing through Protozoa Pictures. Austin Butler's career has been on a meteoric rise, particularly following his celebrated portrayal of Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann's 2022 biographical film "Elvis." This role not only catapulted Butler to new heights of critical acclaim but also secured him his first Oscar nomination.

His recent role as the menacing Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen in "Dune Part II" has drawn significant attention, showcasing his versatility as he went head-to-head with Timothée Chalamet's character, Paul Atreides. Butler is also set to appear in the 1960s motorcycle drama "The Bikeriders," releasing in June, and has made a notable appearance on the small screen in the World War II aviation drama "Masters of the Air" for Apple TV+.

Butler's Auteur Collaborations

This collaboration marks Butler's continued work with distinguished filmmakers, having previously worked with Denis Villeneuve on "Dune 2" and Baz Luhrmann on "Elvis." Aronofsky, known for his recent success with "The Whale," which led to an Oscar win for Brendan Fraser in the same year Butler received his nomination, brings another layer of cinematic excellence to this project.

Expressing his enthusiasm for the project, Aronofsky stated, "I am excited to be teaming up with my old friends at Sony Pictures to bring Charlie's adrenaline-soaked roller coaster ride to life. I can't wait to start working with Austin and my family of NYC filmmakers." Sony Pictures is also bustling with other major projects, including a four-picture Beatles biopic by Sam Mendes and Danny Boyle's "28 Years Later." Sony Pictures' Motion Picture Group president, Sanford Panitch, commented on the collaboration, "Darren is one of the most brilliant audiovisual storytellers in the world, and adapting these wonderful books by Charlie Huston for Austin to star was too exciting an opportunity to not be a part of." With representation by CAA, Narrative, and Goodman Genow for Aronofsky, and WME and Anonymous Content for Butler, along with Katz Golden Lerner and Writers House for Huston, this project is a convergence of talent that promises to deliver a thrilling cinematic experience.

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