Butler eyes submarine thriller.

Gerard Butler (‘Machine Gun Preacher’) is in talks for one of the leading roles in the submarine thriller ‘Hunter Killer’ according to Coming Soon.

An adaptation of Don Keith and George Wallace’s novel ‘Firing Point,’ the story follows an untested submarine captain who must work with a Navy SEAL team to rescue the Russian president, who has been taken prisoner during a military coup, in an effort to stop a rogue Russian General from igniting World War III.

Phil Noyce (‘Salt,’ ‘The Bone Collector’) was set to direct but it is now being reported that the director has left the project.