Aussie actor boards Noyce-directed actioner.

THR is reporting that Sam Worthington has signed on to take the lead in the action-thriller ‘For the Dogs.’

With Phillip Noyce (‘Salt,’ ‘Rabbit Proof Fence’) in the director’s chair, the film is based on Kevin Wignall’s novel about “a solitary assassin who helps a college girl exact revenge for the murder of her parents and brother.”

The thriller will be produced by Anthony Rhulen and Navid McIlhargey via their FilmEngine Entertainment banner, along with Worthington, John Schwarz, and Michael Schwarz through their Full Clip Productions banner, and Paul Leyden.

In a statement announcing Worthington’s involvement, McIlhargey said “I have been friends with Sam, John, Mike and Paul for some time now and watched them grow their production company. They are very talented producers with commercial instincts who led us to this terrific thriller, with a character that seems to be tailor made for Sam. With a brilliant director like Phillip, we are very excited to have a team like this come together.”