*Forest Whitaker is teaming up with his former “The Shield” co-star Michael Chiklis, rapper Common and Ray Liotta for “Pawn,” an independent crime film centered on a hostage situation that has gone terribly wrong, reports Deadline.com.

Jay Anthony White wrote the script, in which an ex-con becomes entangled in a manipulative chess game between the Feds, local police and the mob.

The film marks David A. Armstrong’s directorial debut, and the feature debut for Chiklis’ production company Extravaganza Films. Chiklis will produce with The Story Department’s Brad Luff, Most Films’ Jeff Most and Imprint Entertainment’s Michael Becker.