Snoot Entertainment, the four year-old LA-based production company behind Toronto Film Festival premiere Terra, has cast Josh Hartnett in martial arts action film Bunraku.

The live action film is written and will be directed by Guy Moshe (Holly) and is the story of a a young man who has spent his life searching for revenge only to find himself sucked into a bigger fight than he bargained for.

The world of the film will be a self-contained one inspired by Japanese puppet theatre, origami, comic books, video games and German expressionism.

Snoot's Keith Calder and Jessica Wu will produce alongside Nava Levin of Picturesque Films (also Moshe's company) and Ram Bergman. Production is scheduled to begin in Europe this spring.

Celebrated production designer Alex McDowell (Minority Report, Fight Club) will be a co-producer on the film.

Hartnett, whose recent credits include 30 Days Of Night, Resurrecting The Champ and Lucky Number Slevin, is represented by CAA. His latest film August had its world premiere at Sundance recently and he has finished shooting Tran Anh Hung's latest film I Come With The Rain in Hong Kong.

Moshe is repped by CAA and manager Travis Clark.

Snoot was founded to develop, finance and produce both live action films and CG-animated features such as Terra.