Coming off the back of his awards season success, ‘Oppenheimer’s’ Cillian Murphy has landed a role in the adaptation of Mark A. Bradley’s ‘Blood Runs Coal: The Yablonski Murders and the Battle for the United Mine Workers of America’.

The project is said to be a vehicle for Murphy to star and produce. Murphy will play Chip Yablonski

The story centres around a corrupt union leader who murders a rival and is taken down by the lawyer son of the slain coal miner. Taking place in the late 1960s in the coal mines of Pennsylvania, it chronicles one of the most infamous crimes in the history of organized labour.

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Jock Yablonski was a second-generation coal miner who became an activist in the United Mine Workers Union after his father was killed in a mine explosion. He fought for safety, better working conditions and health benefits as many around him were felled by black lung and other respiratory illnesses, and mishaps in the mines were all too common and preventable. He made sure his children were educated and could find work above ground, Including Chip Yablonski who goes up against the corrupt Union official.

John Davis and Jordan Davis will produce through Davis Entertainment. Murphy and Alan Moloney will produce through Big Things Films. Mark A. Bradley will be an executive producer.