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Peter Dinklage to Star in Crime Thriller 'The Thicket'

Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage will soon trade Westeros for East Texas.

The acclaimed actor is the first announced cast member of The Thicket, a big-screen adaptation of author Joe Lansdale's crime thriller of the same name. Dinklage will play Shorty, a bounty hunter in early 20th-century Texas hired by a young man to rescue his sister from the clutches of a murderer named Cut Throat Bill.

"Completely original," Dinklage said of the source material. "The characters and the world they inhabit jumped from the pages for me in such a cinematic way." The Thicket was hailed by The New York Times Book Review as "as funny and frightening as anything that could have been dreamed up by the Brothers Grimm -- or Mark Twain."

The film comes courtesy of producer Gianni Nunnari's Hollywood Gang Productions, the producer behind thrillers like 300 and The Departed. "

That Joe Lansdale's dark vision will be brought to life by the brilliantly talented Peter Dinklage starring as Shorty -- it is a dream of mine," Nunnari said. "This is the kind of original movie with edge and style that Hollywood Gang is hungry for; luckily we found all these things in The Thicket. We cannot wait to share this movie with audiences around the world."

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