UPDATE: Josh Hutcherson has dropped out of this film. His role will be played by Theo James.
Pop Goes The News — The Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson is heading to Canada early next year to make a movie with Ben Kingsley.
The two actors are scheduled to be in Toronto beginning in February to shoot scenes for Backstabbing For Beginners, a political thriller by Danish director Per Fly.
The independent feature — a co-production with Canada’s Scythia Films — was written by Fly and Daniel Pyne (The Sum of All Fears) based on the memoir of the same name by journalist and former UN staffer Michael Soussan.
Hutcherson, 23, plays an idealistic program coordinator for the UN’s Oil for Food program in Iraq who uncovers disturbing truths about his mentor, a seasoned diplomat named Pasha (Kingsley).
Kingsley, who turns 72 next month, is no stranger to working in Canada, having made both The Walk in Montreal and Life in Toronto last year. He also appeared in the 2008 made-in-Toronto flop The Love Guru and the Vancouver-shot 2014 comedy Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. Kingsley starred in 2006’s Lucky Number Slevin, which was filmed in Montreal.