Common (Selma) and Chinese actress Xu Qing (Looper) have joined Ethan Hawke (Boyhood) in Brian Smrz’s thriller 24 Hours to Live. Fundamental Films and Thunder Road Pictures are producing with shooting set to commence this June in South Africa. Sierra/Affinity is handling international sales at Cannes.

Penned by Zachary Dean and based on an original script from Ron Mita & Jim McClain, 24 Hours to Live follows a career assassin who is given a chance at redemption after his employer brings him back to life temporarily, just after being killed on the job. Basil Iwanyk of Thunder Road, Fundamental Films Chairman Mark Gao and International president Gregory Ouanhon are producing the film, with Fundamental fully financing. Jon Kuyper, Kent Kubena, Jonathan Fuhrman, and Gary Glushon exec produce.

Common won an Academy Award for original song on Selma alongside John Legend. He will next be seen in Warner Bros’ Suicide Squad. Xu Qing, also known as Summer Qing, starred in critically acclaimed and Chinese box-office hit, Mr Six.

Common is repped by CAA, manager Derek Dudley, and Myman Greenspan. Xu Qing is repped by Summer Pictures Entertainment.

24 Hours to Live is the latest collaboration between Fundamental Films and Thunder Road Pictures, with Scott Waugh’s Outlaws Inc. announced earlier this year.