Director Neil LaBute and actor Aaron Eckhart ('The Dark Knight') both came to national attention with 'In the Company of Men,' LaBute's searing drama about a misogynist (Eckhart) who, along with a fellow business executive, seeks revenge on all women by ruining the life of an innocent.
The director and actor have worked together several times since, including the 1998 couples drama 'Your Friends & Neighbors' and 2002's 'Possession,' about two scholars investigating the affair of two Victorian poets. Now, LaBute will again direct Eckhart in the drama 'The Geography of Hope,' according to the L.A. Times.
Set in the 1970s, 'Hope' is about two thieves (Eckhart and Ed Harris) who flee to Baja, Mexico, after a robbery goes wrong. In Baja, they meet several women and are torn between their romantic feelings for them and their natural instinct to grift them.
'The Geography of Hope' does not yet have a release date but is expected to be LaBute's next film. He recently directed the out-of-character mid-size comedy hit 'Death at a Funeral,' but 'Hope' is expected to be a return to the murkier character studies for which the director is known best.
Eckhart, last seen in 'Battle: Los Angeles' and the Oscar-nominated indie 'Rabbit Hole,' will next appear in this fall's 'The Rum Diary' with Johnny Depp.