Dune 2’s Austin Butler to Lead Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Caught Stealing’ at Sony


  • Austin Butler’s impressive filmography grows as he joins Darren Aronofsky’s crime thriller,
    Caught Stealing
    , based on a book by Charlie Huston.
  • Continuing to collaborate with Sony Pictures, Butler’s star continues to rise in Hollywood, showcasing his talent and strategic partnerships.
  • Aronofsky, a renowned director, is excited to work with Butler and Sony Pictures on this adrenaline-soaked project set in ’90s NYC underworld.

Austin Butler continues to build an impressive filmography of working with great directors and his latest is no exception. It has been announced that the Oscar-nominee is set to join Darren Aronofsky‘s latest movie.

Per Variety, Butler is set to star in Aronofsky’s crime thriller Caught Stealing, for Sony Pictures. The studio recently landed the package which is based on the book by Charlie Huston. The screenplay will also be written by Huston, and it’s said to follow Hank Thompson, “a burned-out former baseball player as he’s unwittingly plunged into a wild fight for survival in the downtown criminal underworld of ’90s NYC.” Once the news broke about Butler’s casting, Aronofsky spoke on his excitement to get the project rolling:

“I am excited to be teaming up with my old friends at Sony Pictures to bring Charlie’s adrenaline-soaked roller coaster ride to life. I can’t wait to start working with Austin and my family of NYC filmmakers.”

Austin Butler’s Star Continues to Rise

Butler is no stranger to working with Sony Pictures, starring in one of his first breakout roles for the studio and Quentin Tarantino when he appeared in Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood. The actor also has Don Winslow’s City On Fire in development at Sony Pictures, so it marks another strategic move to maintain great working relationships with the right power players in Hollywood, along with teaming up with solid directors to further expand his talent.


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Butler has been on a roll since his Oscar-nominated turn in Elvis. He starred in the Band of Brothers sequel, Masters of Air, which debuted on Apple TV+ in January and brought huge numbers to the streamer after its premiere. He followed that up with his scene-stealing performance as the villain Feyd Ratha in the critical and box office success, Dune: Part Two. That film has cleared nearly $600 million and counting worldwide. Also, in a crazy occurrence due to the strikes and the film finding a new home for release, Butler can be seen again this year in The Bikeriders, set to hit screens on June 21.

The Bikeriders

The Bikeriders

Release Date
December 1, 2023

1hr 56min

20th Century Studios, New Regency Productions, Regency Enterprises

As for Aronofsky, the Academy Award-nominated director, best known for films such as Requiem For a Dream, Black Swan, and The Wrestler, last directed Brendan Fraser to his first Academy Award in 2022’s The Whale. That film debuted at the 2022 Venice Film Festival before moving on to a great awards season presence, with Fraser’s performance in the film leading the charge.


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