Luther star Idris Elba is in talks to start with Sean Penn and Javier Bardem in a new action thriller, Gunman.

The Hollywood Reporter says the actor could join the project which will be directed by Pierre Morel and produced by Silver Pictures.

The film is based on a novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette and was previously called Prone Gunman. The film will see Penn play an international operative betrayed by the organisation he works fun as he flees across Europe.

Elba is being lined up for the role of another operative, Dupont.

The actor is set to return this summer to the role of John Luther for the BBC for which he won a Golden Globe. He is also to be seen on the big screen shortly in Pacific Rim.