Sebastian Stan to Lead Gore Verbinski-Directed Thriller BEAT THE REAPER April 11, 2018 Hollywood’s long development adaptation of Josh Bazell’s suspense novel ‘Beat The Reaper’ appears to be finally moving forward, with The Tracking Board bringing word that Gore Verbinski has come on board to direct with ‘I, Tonya’ and ‘Captain America: Civil War’ star Sebastian Stan to play the lead. The novel, published in 2009, centres on Dr. Peter Brown, a Manhattan-based intern who has his life turned upside down when a patient recognises him from his former life as a hitman. Now, with the mob, the government, and death itself descending on the hospital, Peter has to buy time and do whatever it takes to keep his patients, himself, and his last shot at redemption alive. ‘Billions’ creators Brian Koppelman and David Levien will adapt the script for Verbinski, with Leonardo DiCaprio, who was at one time set to star, producing through his Appian Way banner. Koppelman and Levien will also serve as executive producers.