Indie drama will shoot in New York City.

British actor Paul Bettany (‘Transcendence,’ ‘Blood,’ ‘Margin Call’) is stepping behind the camera to make his directorial debut with ‘Shelter,’ an indie drama that will star the actor’s wife Jennifer Connelly (‘Winter’s Tale,’ ‘Requiem for a Dream’) and Anthony Mackie (‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier,’ ‘The Hurt Locker’).

The screenplay for the feature is also coming from Bettany, although plot details for the New York Set indie remain under wraps for now.

In addition to writing and directing, Bettany will produce the drama alongside Robert Ogden Barnum, Katie Mustard and Daniel Wagner with Dana Brownm Cassian Elwes, Clay Floren, Melanie Greene and Aimee Sheih serving as executive producers.

“It’s my intention to surround myself with hugely talented people and then claim all the credit,” said Bettany in a statement. “I have great actors, great producers and a great city to shoot in – plus I’m hoping to keep alive the time-honoured tradition sacred to directors and seduce my leading actress.”

“We are excited and honoured for the opportunity to work with Paul on his directorial debut and on such a high-calibre project,” said Wagner. “This is a terrific story that will captivate audiences worldwide and we look forward to bringing it to the big screen.”