Simon Baker Finds The “Killer Inside”

Aussie star Simon Baker (TV’s “The Mentalist”) is set to play an attorney in Michael Winterbottom’s “The Killer Inside Me” says The Hollywood Reporter.

An adaptation of Jim Thompson’s noir classic, the story centers on a West Texas sheriff (Casey Affleck) and his downward spiral from a boring small-town cop into a ruthless, sociopathic murderer.

Baker plays a county attorney looking to expose the sheriff as the killer. The film also stars Jessica Alba as a prostitute and Kate Hudson as the sheriff’s schoolteacher girlfriend.

Robert Weinbach and John Curran have adapted the script. Chris Hanley, Robert Weinbach, Andrew Eaton and Bradford Schlei will produce.

Filming begins this week in New Mexico and Oklahoma.