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Gerard Butler eyes 'Afterburn' project

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Gerard Butler at the 'How To Train Your Dragon' premiere

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Gerard Butler is in talks to star in the sci-fi action movie Afterburn, reports Deadline.

Brooklyn's Finest director Antoine Fuqua has also entered negotiations to board the project, which is based on the comic book from Canadian publisher Red 5.

The movie takes place on a post-apocalyptic Earth that has been destroyed by a solar flare. Butler will lead a group of treasure hunters who return to the scorched planet to capture valued items such as the Mona Lisa and the Crown Jewels.

A Man Apart writer Christian Gudegast will rework the script, while Tobey Maguire and Neal Moritz are attached as producers.

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