Morgan Freeman, lately in South Africa playing Nelson Mandela in Clint Eastwood’s Invictus, has signed up for something a little more action-packed next, with the news that he’s going to star opposite Bruce Willis in spy thriller Red.

Based on the graphic novel by Warren Ellis, Red is the story of retired CIA operative Paul Moses (Willis), who’s now living quietly following a career where he was sent around the world on all manner of ‘wet’ work. When a new CIA Director learns about what Paul did back in the day, he panics and sends assassins to remove the ex-agent once and for all, just to be sure that no one ever finds out what happened.

It’s not clear yet what role Freeman would play, but given that the script by Erich and Jon Hoeber apparently includes a ‘getting-the-old-gang-back-together-to-fight-back thread, we’re guessing that Freeman may be a former ally. Either that, or he’s the principal bad guy.

The film doesn’t have a director yet, but with these names attached, watch out for this one to move forward quickly.