Morgan Freeman is one of the best and most versatile actors working in Hollywood today. Since the first time I saw him in the film Lean on Me his energy and talent has been something that usually elevated any film he choose to participate in. Some of Freeman's other outstanding credits include Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven, Frank Darabont's The Shawshank Redemption, David Fincher's Seven and Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins.

In each of those films, and many more, Freeman proved his skills and showed why he's the respected (and very busy) actor he is today. A quick glance over at IMDB shows Freeman involved in at least eight upcoming film projects. And now, according to Production Weekly, he's set to add a ninth one to that already impressive list -- the sci-fi action film Wanted, directed by Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov of the terrific Night Watch.

Wanted, adapted by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas from Mark Miller and JG Jones' six issue comic book series, tells the story of young Wesley Gibson (played by James McAvoy in the film) who discovers that his murdered father was not the normal man he thought he was, but instead was a super-assassin called The Killer. After he finds out this information, Gibson decides to avenge his father's murder by seeking training from lead-assassin Sloan (played by Freeman) and becoming a killer just like his father.

Night Watch is a very interesting and well-done film that has moments of sheer brilliance, so I have a lot of hope for Wanted. Plus, this film is based on great source material and being adapted by some very talented writers -- and, of course, the great Morgan Freeman is in it. With all of that going for it, Wanted seems to have all the right elements for success. I, for one, can't wait to see what happens. No other casting news at the moment but the film is scheduled to start shooting this January in the UK for an anticipated end of 2007 release.

Anyone else looking forward to this film?