Deadline reports that James McAvoy (Wanted, X-Men First Class, Last King of Scotland) is in final talks to take the lead in the British crime thriller Welcome To The Punch. ThePlaylist adds a synopsis for the film written and directed by Eran Creev. "It involves a London detective, Max Lewinsky (the role we imagine is earmarked for McAvoy), whose old nemesis, an armed robber known as Red Diesel, reappears after five years away—but it’s only the tip of a massive conspiracy."
James is also expected to take on Wanted 2 and a sequel to X-Men First Class. Director Joe Wright (Hanna, Atonement) wants to cast him in Anna Karenina alongside Saoirse Ronan. He's also been rumored for At The Mountains of Madness (before moving from Universal) and the live-action adaption of Akira.