Anthony Hayes to direct crime thriller Stingray

Anthony Hayes.

Anthony Hayes (The Boys, Animal Kingdom) will direct crime thriller Stingray, set to start shooting next year in Canada.

Hayes wrote the script and will produce with John and Michael Schwarz. He will also appear in the film alongside American actor Jon Bernthal (The Wolf of Wall Street, Sicario).

The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported the news, describes Stingray as the story of "a young man (Bernthal) caught up in organized crime who accidentally kills the brother of a powerful crime figure. He must then kill one of his own family in the next two days to pay off his blood debt."

The project is being shopped at the American Film Market next month.

It's been a big week for Hayes, who received Screen Australia development funding only a couple of days ago for another writing-directing project: Gold follows two men who find a huge gold nugget in the desert.

The actor's recent projects include the second season of No Activity, zombie feature Cargo, starring Martin Freeman, and David Michôd's War Machine, starring Brad Pitt. 

Hayes, who directed Aussie feature Ten Empty in 2008, is repped by CAA in the States and United Management in Oz.