Leading man and famed Buddhist Richard Gere
has signed on to star in the supernatural thriller The Mothman Prophecies
, according to Variety
. The movie, helmed by Arlington Road
director Mark Pellington
, will tell the tale of a reporter who heads to a small West Virginia town to investigate a series of strange phenomena. It's based on a 1975 book by John A. Keel
about a real-life investigation he conducted in the late 1960's.