Spectre’s Monica Bellucci and Oscar-winning actor Ben Kingsley have signed up to star in Eran Riklis (Lemon Tree) counterespionage thriller, Spider in the Web.

Inspired by true events, the story focuses a once highly-lauded secret agent, Adereth – played by Kingsley – who’s is deemed to be past his prime by his superiors. An opportunity for last-minute redemption presents itself in a covert mission as he discovers a lead on the sale of chemical weapons to a Middle Eastern dictatorship. But with Mossad placing young agent Daniel on his tail, and his target, the enigmatic Angela (Bellucci) blurring lines, Adereth begins to realize the hunter may become the hunted.

In describing his new project, Riklis said “Spider is an intimate story, depicting the complexities of trust, loyalty and betrayal. It explores my central universal motifs of self-discovery and identity, in a contemporary-set thriller mirroring current geopolitics“.

Spider in the Web is written by Gidon Maron and Emmanuel Nakkache. Michael Sharfshtein of Topia Communications. Eran Riklis produces alongside brothers Moshe and Leon Edery of United King Films, Jacqueline de Goeij for Cine Cri de Coeur, Sabine Brian and Ronald Versteeg for NL Films, and Eyal Edery for Dragocom.

After appearing in Spectre alongside Daniel Craig, Bellucci went on to star in US Comedy series Mozart in the Jungle alongside Gael García Bernal. She is currently filming comedy sci-fi horror Nekromancer. Kingsley is never short of work. He has four films listed for release this year including The Red Sea Diving Resort with Chris Evans and Nomis which has a cast of Henry Cavill, Stanley Tucci and Alexandra Daddario.