Everyone seems to have a sick obsession with professional hitmen these days. But not just any kind of hitmen, hitmen who work specifically for the mob (not free agents). Case in point, it was just announced that Michael Shannon will play the lead role in a drama called The Iceman, which is based on the actual life of a mob contract-killer named Richard Kuklinski. We’ve also learned that he’ll be joined my Benicio del Toro and James Franco.

From the press release:

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. He was a man who used his tendencies toward violence and detachment from consequence to create an idyllic family life. His family and neighbors believed he was an average businessman, having no idea about his deadly alternate life. Kuklinski killed over one hundred people during his life. He never felt remorse for anything he had done, except hurting his family. Del Toro co-stars as Kuklinski’s employer, the notorious mobster Roy Demeo, and Franco plays his mentor assassin known as Mr. Softee.

What’s with these names? Don’t you love how unassuming the name of Franco’s character is? Mr. Softee is a killer in training!

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.

What do you think of these three joining forces for The Iceman?

Source: Collider