EXCLUSIVE: Rutger Hauer joins UK thriller Kickback with John Cusack, Sean Young.

Blade Runner actor Rutger Hauer is the latest name attached to UK thriller Kickback.

Written and directed by Raza Mallal of Yorkshire-based Talking Lens Productions, the crime-thriller, previously known as Shoot the Breeze, follows a renegade Moscow detective investigating the murder of a female war journalist.

Also attached are John Cusack in the lead role, Sean Young, Karen David, Sean Astin, Mischa Barton, Michael Biehn, Tom Sizemore and John Hannah.

DoP Douglas Milsome is also attached.

Kickback marks Mallal’s directorial debut. He is co-producing with Kevan Van Thompson and executive producer Ilja Rosendahl of Scene Bridge Entertainment.

War Inc. writer Mark Leyner is currently working on the script with Raza and the film’s latest provisional start date is March in Prague.

Kickback would mark the first on-screen reunion for Blade Runner stars Hauer and Young.

According to the production, funding for the film comes predominantly from private German backers.