Hugh Jackman and Lee Daniels are teaming up for Orders to Kill.

The pair will collaborate on the adaptation of William F Pepper's non-fiction book about the murder of Dr Martin Luther King Jr, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Daniels will direct and Jackman will star in the film, which aims to tell an alternative version of the King shooting, according to a person familiar with the film project who was not authorised to talk about it publicly.

Hanna Waag will adapt the book which argues that the civil rights leader was not fatally shot by James Earl Ray, who was instead a scapegoat in a conspiracy surrounding King's murder.

Jackman will play William F Pepper, a controversial lawyer and activist who was a personal friend of King's.

Daniels and Jackman's previous plans to collaborate on the civil rights movie Selma were derailed due to financing and scheduling problems.