Skarsgard Goes Drilling With “Elephant”

Alexander Skarsgard (“True Blood”) is attached to star in the action thriller “The Elephant” for Studio Babelsberg, Monster Film and Northern Alliance Group reports The Wrap.

Based on Magnar Jonsgaard’s novel “Black Rain”, the blond hunk will play a Norwegian roustabout who tangles and then bonds with a redneck American driller as they attempt to stop a building oil rig explosion in the frigid North Sea.

Hans Petter Moland (“The Beautiful Country”) directs from a script by Petter Skavlan. The title itself is slang for an oil field of immense size.

Casting is currently under way for three American stars. Shooting will kick off either in late Fall or early 2011.