Despite the fact that some commenters doubted the movie would ever reach production when it was announced late last year, Universal is pushing ahead with its screen version of Wanted, a dark series of comic books by Mark Millar. In the hands of Russian director Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch and its sequels) since December, the movie now also has its star: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Scotsman James McAvoy has been signed to play the movie's main character, a young man who, after his father's death, discovers that dad was an ass-kicking supervillain. Though he's currently best know for playing Mr. Tumnus in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, McAvoy has several movies coming out in the next few months, including Starter for Ten (in which he's quite good) and The Last King of Scotland -- hopefully those films will teach the world that his ears are not actually pointed.

Described as a priority for Universal, Wanted is scheduled to go into production early next year, with a "reasonable" budget of under $100 million.