February 7, 2009

Rourke to play hit man in ‘St. Vincent’

U.S. actor Mickey Rourke will follow up his highly lauded performance in The Wrestler by playing a hit man in the movie St. Vincent, industry sources say.

The Hollywood Reporter said Friday the 56-year-old actor, whose career was rejuvenated with The Wrestler, has signed on to play a professional killer in director Walter Hill's newest project.

Rourke and Hill previously collaborated in the 1989 movie Johnny Handsome.

In the new Occupant Films and Secret Handshake Entertainment project, Rourke's character hears his target's confession while masquerading as a priest for his hired killing.

Occupant's last production was 2008's The Wackness, while Secret Handshake is currently working on A Little Help starring The Office star Jenna Fischer.

Production on Vincent, based on an original script by Cameron Young, will likely begin this year, the Reporter said.