Peter Dinklage, star of multiple media – Game of Thrones (television), X-Men: Days of Future Past (film), and Destiny (video game) – has been named as one of the leads in an upcoming adaptation of Joe R. Lansdale’s novel, The Thicket.
Film buffs who read Lansdale’s name may suddenly find the titles Bubba Ho-Tep and Cold in July entering their minds. Both films were, like The Thicket, adaptations of Lansdale’s work – a novella and a novel, respectively. As is the case with many Lansdale stories, The Thicket takes place in the American south and is packed with violence and strange characters.
Check out the book’s synopsis from Amazon below:
Jack Parker thought he’d already seen his fair share of tragedy. His grandmother was killed in a farm accident when he was barely five years old. His parents have just succumbed to the smallpox epidemic sweeping turn-of-the-century East Texas–orphaning him and his younger sister, Lula.
Then catastrophe strikes on the way to their uncle’s farm, when a traveling group of bank-robbing bandits murder Jack’s grandfather and kidnap his sister. With no elders left for miles, Jack must grow up fast and enlist a band of heroes the likes of which has never been seen if his sister stands any chance at survival. But the best he can come up with is a charismatic, bounty-hunting dwarf named Shorty, a grave-digging son of an ex-slave named Eustace, and a street-smart woman-for-hire named Jimmie Sue who’s come into some very intimate knowledge about the bandits (and a few members of Jack’s extended family to boot).
Dinklage will be playing Shorty in film version – understandable, as the actor stands just over four feet tall.
There’s been no word yet on who will be playing Jack Parker.