February 07, 2009 at 05:29 AM EST

Academy Award nominee Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler) has signed on the star in the independent hit-man drama St. Vincent, Variety reports. The actor will play an assassin who masquerades as a priest in New York, where he winds up taking the confession of one of his targets. Walter Hill (The Warriors) will direct the movie, which is due to begin production later this year.

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