*Mike Tyson is in negotiations to star as the axe murderer in director Werner Herzog’s adaptation of DBC Pierre’s booker prize winning coming of age novel Vernon God Little.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, producers are also in talks with Pamela Anderson and Russell Brand to join the cast of the project which has Austin Abrams cast in the title role opposite Sasha Pieterse.
The book is about a normal teenager whose word falls apart when his best friend, Jesus Navarro, murders their classmates in the schoolyard, and Vernon is taken in for questioning. The story unfolds with Vernon existing in a hyper real world of accusation and betrayal.
Abrams will star opposite Pieterse as his love interest, while Brand will play a scheming newspaper reporter looking for an angle on the story. Anderson will play an undisclosed role in the film. Tyson’s character delivers the line in the novel which gives the book and film its title.
Producer Katya Eichinger, whose late husband Bernd bought the movie adaptation rights to the novel, is aiming to mount the production in the U.S. and Mexico this summer with Mexico’s Canana Films, co-founded by Diego Luna, fellow actor Gael Garcia Bernal and producer Pablo Cruz, aboard as a co-production partner.