EXCLUSIVE: Justified‘s Timothy Olyphant is set to star opposite Kurt Russell, Peter Sarsgaard, Richard Jenkins, and Jennifer Carpenter in Bone Tomahawk. That film is described as a brutally violent horror-Western that will serve as the feature directorial debut of S. Craig Zahler. Dallas Sonnier and Jack Heller are producing through their Caliber Media Co. banner. Production is slated for a spring 2013 start in New Mexico.

In Bone Tomahawk, four men attempt to rescue a group of captives from a band of cannibalistic troglodytes that live beyond the edge of civilization. Olyphant will play John Brooder, an eloquent sharpshooter who moved to the frontier in order to satisfy the dark impulses that lie beneath his polished exterior.

In January, Olyphant reprises his role as U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens in the fourth season of FX’s Justified, and his most recent feature starring roles were I Am Number Four and Live Free Or Die Hard, and he lent his voice to Rango.

Zahler previously wrote the Black List script The Brigands Of Rattleborge, and his second novel, Wraiths Of the Broken Land, will be published in May 2013 by Raw Dog Screaming Press.

Olyphant is repped by Colton Gramm at Brillstein Entertainment Partners, Zahler by Caliber Media and UTA.