We previously reported that Slipknot percussionist Shawn 'Clown' Crahan has signed on to direct Officer Downe, an indie film adaptation of a graphic novel of the same name. This week, Deadline announced that Crahan has found his lead actor. Kim Coates, who played "Tig Trager" in all 95 episodes of Sons of Anarchy, will take on the title character in the movie.

Officer Downe will be Crahan’s first foray into feature film directing. He is however familiar with the director's chair, as he’s helmed music videos for Slipknot, as well as bands like Hollywood Undead and Motionless in White. In fact, earlier this month Slipknot’s music video for “The Devil and I,” which was directed by Crahan, won Best Metal Video of 2014 in our 4th Annual Loudwire Music Awards. The group also took home the prize for Best Metal Band of 2014, by an overwhelming percentage. Check out all their accolades here.

Back in July, Crahan told HardDrive Radio that he’s been prepping to direct movies his whole life. "I've been preparing myself with art my whole life, and preparing myself for directing and scriptwriting, and this is what I've been doing for 10 years, is learning and studying and taking it in." He continued, “I honestly believe that we are gonna create the next Clockwork Orange and I'm gonna die trying because that's my life."

The graphic novel Officer Downe revolves around a police officer who dies many times in the line of duty, only to be brought back to life by his superiors so he can head back to the streets to protect and serve once more. The film's production begins in March.

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