Ian McShane, last seen in Sexy Beast, has taken a lead role in the psychological thriller Paper, Scissors, Stone, which went into production today (May 6) in Canada.

Carly Pope, Brendan Fehr, Adrian Paul, and Rena Owen had already been cast in the film about a girl whose fascination with riddles puts her in a life-threatening situation.

The Canadian/New Zealand/UK co-production's NZ$6m budget makes it the biggest yet for a first-time New Zealand filmmaker. Director/writer Jesse Warn is working with producers Matthew Metcalfe, also from New Zealand, and Suzanne Berger from Canada. The UK's Alex Brown is co-producing. Noah Segal and Steve Hoban from Canada's 49th Parallel Films, and Australia's Chris Brown are executive producers. Lion's Gate has worldwide sales rights.