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Mortensen Signs Up for Mobster Film

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Viggo Mortensen is reuniting with director David Cronenberg for "Eastern Promises," a thriller being produced by Paul Webster for Focus Features and BBC Films.

Penned by Steven Knight ("Dirty Pretty Things"), the story is kicked into gear after a Russian prostitute dies during childbirth and a nurse is dragged into an underworld involving the Russian mob. Mortensen will play a mysterious man with ties to the mob.

Webster was one of the producers of last year's "Pride & Prejudice."

Mortensen starred in last year's acclaimed thriller "A History of Violence," which Cronenberg directed. He gained international stardom when he portrayed Aragorn in Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. He next appears in "Alatriste," a movie set during the 17th century imperial wars.

Mortensen is repped by CAA, Lynn Rawlins and attorney Stuart Rosenthal.

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Borys Kit writes for The Hollywood Reporter.

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