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Next set to return as Magneto in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, Michael Fassbender is now said to be eyeing a leading role in Derek Cianfrance’s upcoming The Light Between Oceans. Deadline has the news, reporting that Fassbender is likely to headline the Blue Valentine helmer’s latest, based on M.L. Stedman’s debut novel, officially described as follows:

After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a “gift from God,” and against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.

David Heyman (Harry Potter) will produce for Heyday Films with Jeffrey Clifford. Rosie Allen shepherded the project to Heyday and will executive produce.