John Cusack is in advanced negotiations to star in Misfortune, a chase thriller for which Radiant Films is handling overseas rights at Cannes. The pic will be directed by Lucky McGee with Lee Nelson and David Buelow of Envision Media Arts as producers.

Cusack will play Miller, a sharp, quick-witted businessman who has left everything behind, including his family, to start a new life after embezzling a client’s money. All had been going according to plan until he becomes separated from his cash in the middle of the wilderness. Three young friends happen upon the lost fortune, and a desperate and violent Miller will do anything to get his money back.

Cusack is coming off a starring role in the Brian Wilson biopic Love and Mercy and co-starred in Chi-Raq and Maps to the Stars. He next appears with Samuel L. Jackson in the thriller Cell and then with Famke Janssen in American Undercover.

“We are thrilled to be working with a talent such as John Cusack,” said Mimi Steinbauer, President and CEO of Radiant Films International. “He is perfect for the role of a white-collar businessman so consumed by greed he trails off the beaten path of morality. Cusack combined with Lucky’s knack for suspense give the film all the ingredients it needs for a chilling thriller.  The buyers already love it.”