Three stars have been snagged for the upcoming film The Iceman, which is a true story based on the book The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer. A joint statement today by Millenium Films and Bleiberg Entertainment announced that the studios had signed on Michael Shannon, Benicio Del Toro, and the ubiquitous James Franco to the picture with Shannon playing the titular killer, Del Toro his mob boss, and Franco his deadly mentor.

While the cast is certainly standout, the star of this film will remain the story of Richard Kuklinski, a seemingly normal man who led a double life as a mob hit man with over 100 kills to his name and no discernible remorse. The title The Iceman refers to his freezing of the corpses so that police could not pinpoint the time of death. Ariel Vroman is directing, which seems incongruous with the notable cast, but having written the screenplay with Morgan Land, it's likely that Vroman has conveyed very specific ideas for the project. No word on timeline or a release date, but expect more discussion of this seemingly stellar project once all this Sundance hogwash dies down. (Deadline)