John Malkovich is set to star in the Russian crime drama “Siberian Education” reports Variety.
An adaptation of Nicolai Lilin’s autobiographical book, the story is set in southern Russia in the late 80’s and follows a man who grows up as a member of the Mafia-like Urka community in the small republic of Transnistria, between Moldova and Ukraine.
Malkovich plays the role of Grandfather Kuzja, who teaches his grandson Kolyma (Arnas Fedaravicius) the morals of “honest criminals.”
Italian helmer Gabriele Salvatores (“I’m Not Scared”) directs from a screenplay by Stefano Rulli, Sandro Petraglia and himself. Filming begins at the end of August in Lithuania and Italy.