Winona Ryder is going to play a killer's wife who doesn't know she's a killer's wife.
The "Black Swan" beauty has signed on to join Michael Shannon and Chris Evans in the chilly mob thriller, "The Iceman," according to Deadline.
"The Iceman" tells the story of Richard Kuklinski (Shannon), a family man who carried out contract killings for the mob. Ryder will be playing Kuklinski's wife, Deborah, who had no idea that her husband was an assassin, with Evans playing Kuklinski's mentor, Robert Pronge.
According to The Playlist, Maggie Gyllenhaal had originally been attached to the role of Deborah, but she's just one of several actors who have dropped out of the running with this project. Benicio del Toro, who also recently said no to "Star Trek 2," was originally going to appear in "The Iceman," and James Franco was first attached to the role of Pronge.
The film is based on the true-crime book by Anthony Bruno and is set to be directed by Ariel Vromen ("Danika," Rx"). Filming is supposed to commence this month -- that is, if the current cast, which also includes Ray Liotta and David Schwimmer, stays put.
Winona Ryder, who certainly proved she's still got some fight left in her after her performance in "Black Swan," recently wrapped the psychological thriller, "The Stare," which also stars James Franco. She's reuniting with her "Beetlejuice" and "Edward Scissorhands" director, Tim Burton," for "Frankenweenie," which will hit theaters on Oct. 5, 2012.