Dashing, princely, nice guy Armie Hammer will take a turn for the dark side next year, according to Deadline. The “Social Network” star has signed on to play the lead role in “By Virtue Fall”, the revenge thriller directorial debut of Sheldon Turner, who co-wrote the Oscar-nominated “Up in the Air” with Jason Reitman. Hammer will star opposite Eric Bana, who had previously been cast as the film’s villain.
Hammer, in a storyline that’s starting to sound familiar, stars as an ATF agent who is framed on a corruption charge and sent to a maximum security federal prison. There, in order to survive, he “becomes a badass” and emerges a new man, determined to get revenge on the person who was responsible for his false imprisonment, his former partner (Bana).
The role will be quite a departure for Hammer, who broke out in a big way when be played privileged, arrogant twins in David Fincher’s modern masterpiece “The Social Network.” This year he starred as longtime confidant, right hand man and possible lover to Leonardo DiCaprio’s “J. Edgar”, Clyde Tolson, and will really show off that Princely presence in next year’s horrific looking Snow White retelling, “Mirror Mirror.” Hammer will shoot “By Virtue Fall” in summer/fall 2012, after he completes work on the title role in Gore Verbinksi’s “The Lone Ranger”, in which he stars opposite Johnny Depp as Tonto.