Mark Ruffalo is currently in negotiations to star in Amazon MGM Studios' adaptation of Crime 101, Don Winslow's novella, Deadline exclusively reported.

The actor will reunite with fellow Avenger Chris Hemsworth, who is also in talks to star and produce together with his producing partner Ben Grayson. The film is scheduled to be released in cinemas next year.

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While the film's plot is still under wraps, the novella follows the story of a detective and a lone-wolf jewel thief. High-level jewel heists were being committed along the Pacific Coast Highway. These have been unsolved for years since the offender lives by a strict code he's named “Crime 101.”

The police have attributed these thefts to Colombian cartels. However, Detective Lou Lubesnick believes only one man is responsible for the crimes. Now the jewel thief is gearing up for a last score, and Lou ends up breaking all the Crime 101 rules.

Bart Layton is attached to direct and wrote the script with Peter Straughan contributing. Story Factor's Shane Salerno, Working Title's Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan, RAW's Layton and Dimitri Doganis and Derrin Schlesinger are set to produce. Joely Fether of RAW will serve as executive producer.

Pedro Pascal was previously attached to star with Hemsworth, but the project did not go forward while the actor was linked to it.

Four-time Academy Award nominee Ruffalo has been on a roll. He received his fourth nomination for Yorgos Lanthimos' Poor Things. He is currently filming the HBO limited series Task, from Brad Ingelsby, the creator of Mare of East Town.

The actor will be seen next in Bong Joon Ho's Mickey 17 with Robert Pattinson and in Cooper Raif's Hal & Harper series. He is also reprising his role in the third installment of the Now You See Me franchise.

Winslow has written 25 award-winning international bestsellers. Seven of his books have appeared on the New York Times Bestselling list. His 2010 novel Savages was made into a feature film in 2012 by Oliver Stone. Winslow's Cartel trilogy has also been adapted as a series which will appear on FX.

Aside from Crime 101, he has four other books currently in development. His 2006 novel The Winter of Frankie Machine is currently being developed by Paramount. His Boone Daniels series is at Netflix. Warner Brothers is developing 2011 historical novel Satori. Sony is also developing Winslow's Danny Ryan series of books, City of Fire, City of Dreams and City in Ruins.