Chris Evans (Captain America: The First Avenger) has signed on to topline Millenium Films’ The Iceman, replacing James Franco (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), who exited the project last month.

Evans will star opposite Ray Liotta (Identity), Michael Shannon (Take Shelter), Maggie Gyllenhaal (Sherrybaby), David Schwimmer and Ryan O’Nan (The Dry Land) in the gritty indie drama.

The Iceman will tell the true story of Richard Kuklinski, the notorious contract killer and family man.

Ariel Vromen will direct from a screenplay he wrote with Morgan Land.

Production is due to start next month.

Source: Deadline