From your typical summer blockbuster to a gritty book adaptation, John Malkovich is now officially attached to star in Siberian Education. Far removed from Transformers: Dark of the Moon, (he played Bruce Brazors, Shia La Beoufs' character's boss) Malkovich's next project is an adaptation of the autobiography by Nikolai Lilin. The new film will be directed by Italian helmer Gabriele Salvatores. According to Collider, Nikolai Lilin grew up in Transnitria, a lawless community between Moldova and Ukraine that still maintains a strict moral code. Siberian Education's screenplay will be based on Lilin's experience of growing up in the Mafia-like Urka community in the Transnitria. According to Variety, Malkovich will take on the role of Grandfather Kuzja, whose task is to teach his grandson Kolyma (played by Lithuanian actor Arnas Fedaravicius) the morals of 'honest criminals.' 

The film is to be set between 1985 - 1995. Stefano Rulli, Sandro Petraglia, and director Salvatores (I’m Not Scared) have collaborated for this screenplay. Siberian Education is set to begin shooting at the end of August in Lithuania with some scenes being shot in Italy. No doubt this will be another inspiring role from Malkovich.

Caroline Foran