EXCLUSIVE: Clive Owen has boarded Andorra, a romantic thriller based on Peter Cameron’s novel which has Roxanne helmer Fred Schepisi directing. This is a reteam for Owen and Schepisi who previously collaborated on 2013’s Words And Pictures. Jamie Bialkower is producing for Melbourne-based Jump Street Films and Lizzette Atkins for Unicorn Films. James Ivory is exec producing with a spring 2017 production start scheduled in Europe and post-production to follow in Australia.

Owen will star as Alexander Fox, a bookseller who leaves the U.S. after a personal tragedy to begin a new life abroad. The tiny eponymous country in which he finds himself is an idyllic escape, offering Fox the chance to reinvent himself. Settling into its grand — and only — hotel, he quickly becomes entangled with the ever-present locals as the mystery of his origin deepens. An Australian couple takes an unsettling interest in the attractive newcomer, and Andorra’s matriarch seems to recall him from long ago. When a woman’s body is found almost immediately upon his arrival, the local lieutenant becomes strangely convinced that Fox is responsible and he soon finds himself in a crisis of conscience and identity in this foreign country from which he may not be able to escape.

Originally published in 1997, Cameron’s novel was re-issued in 2009. Cameron and Bialkower adapted the book for the screen. Cameron’s 2002 novel, The City Of Your Final Destination, was made into a 2009 film by Merchant Ivory.

Owen recently became attached to Danis Tanovic’s Invisible and will next be seen in Luc Besson’s Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets. He’s repped by CAA.