Colin Farrell in Dead Man DownNiels Arden Oplev, the Danish director best known for helming the original The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is currently filming his English language debut, Dead Man Down, with Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, and Dominic Cooper in the leads.

FilmDistrict have just finished a deal at Cannes that will see them take the US distribution rights for the film, and in reporting that news, Deadline have got the first look image of Farrell in the lead.

“Dead Man Down stars Farrell as the right-hand man to an underground crime lord in New York City who is seduced and blackmailed by Beatrice (Rapace), a crime victim seeking retribution. Their chemistry and intense relationship leads them to execute a violent and cathartic plan for revenge.”

Also starring Oscar-nominated Terrence Howard, the film has been penned by J.H. Wyman, writer and executive producer of Fringe.

Farrell will be back on the big screen this summer in the Total Recall remake, which looks like it should be an impressive non-superhero blockbuster, before returning to work with Martin McDonagh (In Bruges) in his next film, Seven Psychopaths.

Filming is currently underway on Dead Man Down, having begun in Philadelphia and New York last month, and FilmDistrict are planning on releasing it in the autumn of 2013. So whilst we’ve still got a little while to wait, this first look at Farrell is a welcome help to tie us over. Judging by the milk bottle slung over his right shoulder, I’m guessing whatever’s in the rucksack is about to be dumped. As usual, you can click to enlarge.

Colin Farrell in Dead Man Down