EXCLUSIVE: Peter Dinklage, riding high on the global success of Game Of Thrones, has signed on to star in Hop Frog.

The film is based on the Edgar Allan Poe revenge story about a puppeteer who poses as a court jester to exact revenge on the knights who murdered his uncle and kidnapped the woman he loves.

Mark Palansky, who last directed Penelope, will direct from a screenplay by newcomer Brian Alan Carr.

“Hop Frog is beautiful and vicious,” said Dinklage. “It has haunted me ever since I read Poe’s original tale of revenge years ago. I can think of no other director than Mark Palansky to bring this new imagining of it vibrantly to life.”

Chronicle and Sleepy Hollow producer Adam Schroeder is on board the project and said: “I’ve been looking to make a movie with Mark Palansky for quite some time. “Together with the beyond brilliant Peter Dinklage and Brian’s incredible script, I know we have a truly fantastic package and am beyond excited to make this extraordinary film.”

ICM Partners represents Palansky and packaged the film and represents domestic rights.