Del Toro, Franco And “The Iceman”

Benicio Del Toro, James Franco and Michael Shannon are all confirmed to be starring in “The Iceman” according to a press release from Millennium Films and Bleiberg Entertainment.

Shannon plays Richard Kuklinski, a notorious mob contract killer and loving family man. He earned his nickname by freezing the bodies of his victims, disguising the time of death, and throwing police off-track.

Kuklinski killed over one hundred people during his life and never felt remorse except for hurting his family. His family and neighbors believed he was an average businessman, having no idea about his deadly alternate life.

Del Toro co-stars as Kuklinski’s employer, the notorious mobster Roy Demeo, and Franco plays his mentor assassin known as Mr. Softee. Their link to the project

The story is based on the book “The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer” by Anthony Bruno along with interview footage from the documentary “The Iceman Tapes: Conversations with a Killer” by Jim Thebaut.

Ariel Vromen (“Danika,” “Rx”) directs from a screenplay he co-wrote with Morgan Land (“Rx,” “The Point of No Return”), Ehud Bleiberg is producing while Nu Image, Inc., Millennium Films’ parent company, will handle worldwide sales.

This is not to be confused with a competing film starring Mickey Rourke about the same man. The trio were first linked to the project back in September.