John Cusack has joined the cast of The Numbers Station. The actor will star opposite Malin Ackerman in the action thriller directed by Kasper Barfoed (The Candidate). Variety reports that the actor will play “a disgraced black-ops agent tasked with a deadend job of protecting a code operator (Ackerman) for an isolated covert CIA broadcast station.” Ethan Hawke was previously set in the starring role, but it looks like thing didn’t work out and Cusack is stepping in. F. Scott Frazier wrote the screenplay, and production is set to begin in mid-November. Cusack will next be seen as Edgar Allen Poe in The Raven, and is also set to star in Lee Daniels’ adaptation of The Paperboy, the comedy Carnaval with Johnny Knoxville, and the serial killer drama Frozen Ground opposite Nicolas Cage.