Belgian director in talks for crime drama with Hardy rumoured for the lead.

Variety is reporting that ‘Bullhead’ helmer Michael R. Roskam has entered into negotiations to replace Neil Burger (‘Limitless’) as director on the Dennis Lehane penned crime drama ‘Animal Rescue.’

Based on a short story by Lehane, the plot follows a lonely Boston bartender who rescues a puppy from a garbage can and becomes the target of the dog’s abusive and mentally unstable former owner, while simultaneously getting caught in the middle of a criminal conspiracy playing out in his mob-controlled bar.

‘The Dark Knight Rises’ star and noted animal lover Tom Hardy is believed to be top choice for the lead. Burger, who signed up to direct ‘Animal Rescue’ back in June, decided to exit the film in order to prep his adaptation of Veronica Roth’s young adult novel ‘Divergent.’