EXCLUSIVE: The Vampire Diaries Paul Wesley is jumping from the supernatural to the scientific with Convergence, a sci-fi action film that he’ll star in and produce.

Plot details are being kept under wraps, but Convergence is described as a college-age ensemble piece in the vein of Flatliners, The Matrix, and Fight Club based on real life “science fact”. It follows a group of underground biotech engineers, including an MIT student wunderkind, exploring a new technology far beyond their expectations and beyond the limits of human control.

The actor, director, and producer currently stars as Stefan Salvatore on The CW’s hit show The Vampire Diaries. The series is in its sixth season and will return from its midseason hiatus with a January episode that Wesley directed, his second after making his directorial debut on the show last season.

“My first couple of hiatuses I was looking for indies to separate me from the younger material,” said Wesley, whose Convergence character will mark a departure from his do-gooder Vampire Diaries role. “Now I’m looking for flawed characters, because my (Vampire Diaries) character is very heroic. My character in Convergence is not the protagonist but is the guy who pushes things a little too far, and too hard, and produces some scary results.”

Adam SchroederWesley teamed with producer Adam Schroeder (The Truman Show, Chronicle, Sleepy Hollow, and Paramount’s upcoming Attach) to bring the screenplay by Jeff Richard to Shanghai and LA-based Crimson Forest Entertainment, which is financing. The filmmakers also have China Film Assist and Dadi Digital Cinema Ltd. aboard as co-producers on the project, which is partly set in China and is expected to tap Chinese talent for the ensemble cast. Justin Begnaud and Jonathan Lim are producing Convergence and Benjamin Tappan will serve as executive producer. Filming is scheduled for next spring in Shanghai and Atlanta.

“We are very excited to work with Paul Wesley on this project and believe the film will resonate with audiences on a global scale,” said Crimson Forest Entertainment CEO Lim. “The film’s plotline and cast of characters align perfectly with our distribution objectives and we look forward to hitting the ground running in 2015 with a talented cast and crew.”

Wesley also stars in the upcoming IFC drama Before I Disappear, which he also produced, and the Drafthouse Films release Amira And Sam. He’s repped by ICM Partners and Jackoway, Tyerman, Wertheimer, Austen, Mandelbaum, Morris & Klein. Richard is repped by WME. The deal was negotiated by Crimson Forest’s Justin Begnaud and Ian Stratford of Gray, Krauss, Stratford, Sandler, DesRochers, LLP.