By Andrea Towers
July 20, 2015 at 06:10 PM EDT
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Looks like Rosamund Pike will get to star alongside Jon Hamm after all. According to a press release from Radar Pictures, the actress is set to star in Tony Gilroy’s political action thriller, High Wire Act. Directed by Brad Anderson (The Call) and set in Beirut in the 1980s, the film follows the story of Mason Skiles (Hamm), a haunted former U.S. diplomat who is tasked with the mission of saving an old colleague from the group who murdered his own family.

Pike, who earned an Academy Award nomination last year for Gone Girl, will play a CIA field agent working undercover, whose primary job is to keep Mason alive.

According to the New York Post, Hamm was a candidate to star in the Gone Girl leading-man role that ultimately went to Ben Affleck. Mad Men‘s showrunner Matthew Weiner, however, reportedly, forced his Don Draper to turn it down, due to obligations during his show’s final season. 

Pike’s upcoming projects include A United Kingdom with David Oyelowo, as well as the WWII drama HHH directed by Cédric Jimenez.

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