According to Variety, he will play Alphonse Hoyt, a charming crime lord who seeks a person who is sabotaging his business from the inside and starts to kill off his men as revenge for a death in the family.
Howard will join Colin Ferrell and Noomi Rapace on the project.
Director Niels Arden Oplev (Swedish version of â€œThe Girl with the Dragon Tattooâ€) will helm the project from a script written by J.H. Wyman.
Variety also reported that actor Dominic Cooper is also in talks to join the cast.
â€œDead Man Downâ€ will begin principal photography later this month in Philadelphia.