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Jared Leto May Be Your Next Serial Killer in The Little Things

Jared Leto May Be Your Next Serial Killer in The Little Things

"A Day In The Life Of America" - 2019 Tribeca Film Festival

Jared Leto is said to be circling his next role, as he is in talks to play a serial killer in the upcoming thriller The Little Things.

If cast, Leto would be starring opposite Denzel Washington and Rami Malek, who’d be playing the police officers pursuing him. Their castings were first reported on back in May.

The Blind Side and The Highwaymen helmer John Lee Hancock is also on board to write and direct, with Mark Johnson producing. In development from Warner Bros., the project is set to begin shooting this fall.

"A Day In The Life Of America" - 2019 Tribeca Film Festival
Jared Leto attends the “A Day In The Life Of America” screening at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC on April 27, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

The story will follow burned-out Kern County, California deputy sheriff Deke (Washington) who teams with crack LASD detective Baxter (Malek) in the hunt for a dangerous serial killer.

According to the plot description, Deke’s nose for the “little things” proves eerily accurate, but his willingness to circumvent the rules embroils Baxter in a soul-shattering dilemma. Meanwhile, Deke must wrestle with a dark secret from his past.

Considering the involvement of Washington and Malek in these lead roles, the acting will be on point if nothing else, as Leto should be able to play off of them well.

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"A Day In The Life Of America" - 2019 Tribeca Film Festival
Director/actor Jared Leto attends “A Day in the Life of America” screening at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC TPAC on April 27, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP /Getty Images)

There is a bit of an irony to Leto potentially taking on this role, as the actor has previously been candid about whether or not he was being “typecast” as villains after playing the Joker.

“Yeah, I think there was a week that I got an offer to play four of the most notorious bad guys that you could ever imagine.”

"A Day In The Life Of America" - 2019 Tribeca Film Festival
Jared Leto attends “A Day In The Life Of America” screening at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC on April 27, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

Leto revealed in a 2017 interview. “I think it was like Charles Manson and, you know, the guy from Waco–you know, basically the most evil of the evil. I thought, maybe I should play them all, and just make a box set and be done with it.”

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