Gerard Butler Fights Crime as 'The Bricklayer'

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Gerard Butler is gonna take a bite out of crime as he's signed on to play a retired FBI agent brought back into the field in "The Bricklayer," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"The Bricklayer," based on the novel by Noah Boyd, follows a former G-man now working as a Chicago bricklayer as he's called back into service to help battle a criminal group that's demanding an escalating series of multi-million dollar ransom payments.

"Noah Boyd" is actually a pseudonym for actual retired FBI agent Paul Lindsay, so expect a sense of hard-edged realism with this one. Hanna Weg ("Enigma") will be adapting the screenplay, with Butler set as one of the film's producers as well. No director is attached yet.

Gerard Butler is probably best known for frequently screaming about Sparta in his role as King Leonidas in "300." His career has stumbled a bit since then with some pretty lame romantic comedies like "P.S. I Love You," "The Ugly Truth" and "The Bounty Hunter" as well as the sincere-to-a-fault vigilante thriller, "Law Abiding Citizen."

However, Butler looks to be getting back on track with the gritty-looking new Shakespeare adaptation, "Coriolanus," co-starring Ralph Fiennes, and with director Marc Forster's "Machine Gun Preacher," a biopic about Sam Childers, the drug-dealing biker thug who found God. Both films are set to screen at the Toronto Film Festival in September.

With such promising projects in the pipeline, Butler's career should be yelling "SPARTA!!" again soon.