James Franco Michael Shannon and Benicio Del Toro join The Iceman January 21, 2011 James Franco, Michael Shannon and Benicio Del Toro to star in Iceman thriller James Franco, Michael Shannon and Benicio Del Toro have joined the cast of the upcoming film The Iceman. Ariel Vromen (Danika, Rx) is directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Morgan Land (Rx, The Point of No Return), based on the book “The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer” by Anthony Bruno and on interview footage from the documentary “The Iceman Tapes: Conversations with a Killer” by Jim Thebaut. The Iceman is the electrifying true story of Richard Kuklinski (Shannon), a notorious mob contract killer and loving family man. He earned his nickname by freezing the bodies of his victims, disguising the time of death, and throwing police off-track. Del Toro co-stars as Kuklinski’s employer, the notorious mobster Roy Demeo, and Franco plays his mentor assassin known as Mr. Softee.