EXCLUSIVE: Actor-writer David Dastmalchian (Ant-Man, The Dark Knight) has been set to play the male lead in All Creatures Here Below, a movie he also scripted. Collin Schiffli, who teamed with Dastmalchian on their 2014 SXSW pic Animals, has been tapped to direct. A summer shoot is planned.

The new pic tells the story of a desperate young couple on the run who seek refuge in Kansas City. Amy Greene is producing with Chris Stinson as well as Planeo Films’ Nacho Arenas. Green and Stinson last collaborated on the 2015 Cannes pic Chronic starring Tim Roth, in which Dastmalchian also appeared.

Dastmalchian, who just landed a role in Showtime’s Twin Peaks, is repped by UTA and 3 Arts. Schiffli is repped by ICM Partners and 3 Arts.