Milla Jovovich is to star opposite Russian star Vladimir Mashkov in Red America, a Russian-American co-production from Academy Award-nominated director Pavel Chukhrai.

The $6m-$7m production will be produced by Peter Hoffman's Seven Arts with Front Line Entertainment. Shooting is to start in Russia and the US in autumn.

The film marks Chukhrai's first since The Thief, which was nominated for a foreign language Oscar. The script, written by his wife Maria Zvereva, follows the adventures of Alexander, a "new Russian" who comes to America to do business but gets involved in a love affair and drawn into the criminal underworld.

Mashkov, who is one of Russia's biggest stars and its leading sex symbol, has recently broken into international roles and just completed starring roles in several English language films. The latest is The Quickie, directed by Sergei Bodrov, where he stars opposite Jennifer Jason Leigh. The film screens in competition at the Moscow International Film Festival.