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Austin Butler starring in New Crime Thriller ‘Caught Stealing’


Austin Butler at the New York premiere of 'Dune: Part Two'.

Austin Butler at the New York premiere of ‘Dune: Part Two’. Photo: Warner Bros.


  • Austin Butler has landed the lead in crime thriller ‘Caught Stealing’.
  • Darren Aronofsky is behind the new movie.
  • Sony is behind the new movie.

Austin Butler is definitely one of the stars of the moment, in demand thanks to his work on ‘Elvis’ and ‘Dune: Part Two’, plus other recent roles.

So it’s perhaps not all that surprising that he’d choose to work with the likes of Darren Aronofsky, who last made ‘The Whale’, which saw Brendan Fraser win an Oscar.

According to Deadline, Butler will star for Aronofsky in a new crime thriller called ‘Caught Stealing’.

What’s the story of ‘Caught Stealing’?

Austin Butler as Benny in 20th Century Studios' 'The Bikeriders.'

Austin Butler as Benny in 20th Century Studios’ ‘The Bikeriders.’ Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios. © 2023 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

The film will be based on Charlie Huston’s novel, which follows burned out former baseball pro Hank Thompson.

Hank’s neighbor, Russ, has to leave town in a rush and hands over his cat, named Bud, in a carrier. But it isn’t until two Russians in tracksuits drag Hank over the bar at the joint where he works and beat him to a pulp that he starts to get the idea: someone wants something from him. He just doesn’t know what it is, where it is, or how to make them understand he doesn’t have it. Within twenty-four hours Hank is running over rooftops, swinging his old aluminum bat for the sweet spot of a guy’s head, playing hide and seek with the NYPD, riding the subway with a dead man at his side, and counting a whole lot of cash on a concrete floor…

Aronofsky has Huston aboard to adapt the book for the screen.

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‘Caught Stealing’: The Director Speaks

Director Darren Aronofsky on the set of 'The Whale' from A24.

Director Darren Aronofsky on the set of ‘The Whale’ from A24.

The new movie finds Aronofsky in business with Sony, which picked up the book package and got the director interested.

Here’s what Aronofsky had to say:

“I am excited to be teaming up with my old friends at Sony Pictures to bring Charlie’s adrenaline-soaked roller coaster ride to life. I can’t wait to start working with Austin and my family of NYC filmmakers,” said Aronofsky.

And here’s what Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group president Sanford Panitch commented:

“Darren is one of the most brilliant audiovisual storytellers in the world and adapting these wonderful books by Charlie Huston for Austin to star was too exciting an opportunity to not be a part of.”

It’s also another Sony project for Butler, who is attached to star in and produce the company’s adaptation of Don Winslow’s book ‘City on Fire’. Next up, he’ll star in Focus Features drama ‘The Bikeriders’ directed by Jeff Nichols.

When will ‘Caught Stealing’ head to theaters?

Sony has yet to reveal when Aronofsky’s latest will be in cinemas. But if you want to see his work, he recently created the immersive experience ‘Postcard from Earth’, which is playing ay MSG’s Sphere in Las Vegas.

Austin Butler in 'Masters of the Air,' premiering January 26, 2024 on Apple TV+.

Austin Butler in ‘Masters of the Air,’ premiering January 26, 2024 on Apple TV+.

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