Dhalia Helms KGB Sleeper Tale “April 23”

Brazilian director Heitor Dhalia (“Adrfit,” “Nina,” “Drained”) is set to direct the espionage thriller “April 23” for Lakeshore Entertainment reports Variety.

Based on Erje Ayden’s book “Sadness at Leaving” which itself is based on a true account, the story follows a deep-cover KGB assassin sent to Manhattan amid the tumult of the 1960s with the mission of acquiring all the attributes of an American life until the time he is called upon to assassinate a defector.

He’s then faced with the choice between family and country after he marries an American woman and becomes a father.

Hanna Weg is adapting the screenplay. Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Jeffrey Silver and Weg will produce.