Viggo Mortensen Prepares to Glance Upon 'The Two Faces of January'

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"Lord of the Rings" may have turned him into a movie star, but at the end of the day, Viggo Mortensen is an actor, or better yet, a chameleon. His intense, committed and often unrecognizable performances have put him in the top tier of talent working today -- so when a project with his name on it rolls around, the movie deservedly jumps to the top of must-see lists.

Mortensen will next take on David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method," but LA Times already has news on his follow up. Teaming up with Hossein Amini, screenwriter of the upcoming "Snow White and the Huntsman" and Ryan Gosling action drama "Drive," Moretensen will help shepherd an adaptation of the novel "The Two Faces of January," a thriller set in Greece.

Based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith (author of "The Talented Mr. Ripley"), the story concerns a con artist and his wife who meet a stranger during their vacation in Athens. After murdering a Greek police officer, the trio goes on the run, evading authorities as they attempt to flee the country. The right mix of "Ripley"'s mystery injected with a dose of action -- a fitting mix for the brainy star.

Which male lead Mortensen would tackle is unknown, but the actor and writer are currently gathering money to shoot the movie (with Amini in the director's chair) sometime this year.