Summit Entertainment has acquired remake rights to Kasper Barfoed’s Danish thriller The Candidate (Kandidaten) with Sam Worthington attached to star.

Beau Willimon will write the screenplay about an aspiring lawyer who tries to escape a blackmail plot after he wakes up in a hotel room and finds the woman he met the night before dead in the bathroom.

Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen will produce through Temple Hill Entertainment. Peter Bose and Jonas Allen of Miso Film will serve as executive producers.

Summit’s worldwide production and acquisitions chief Erik Feig will oversee the project for the company alongside development director Gillian Bohrer.

Worthington starred in Terminator Salvation and is currently shooting Clash Of The Titans. He will be seen later this year in James Cameron’s Avatar.

Worthington and Willimon are represented by CAA.