According to latest reports, talented actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui has been roped in to play the lead role in Honey Trehan’s first film. Trehan is a well-known casting and assistant director who has assisted prodigious filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj on a number of successful films such as Kaminey and 7 Khoon Maaf.

Talking about the project, a source says, “Honey has been working on the script for a while now. It is a crime-thriller and is set in the interiors of India. Nawaz has really liked the script and has given his nod to the film but is yet to sign on the dotted line.”

After roping in Nawaz, the debutant director is now looking at casting the female lead for the film. “Meanwhile, Honey has begun work on the preproduction and is on the lookout for his leading lady. They are expected to start work early next year and Nawaz will begin his prep closer to the shooting date,” adds the source.

Nawaz, who was last seen in Monsoon Shootout, is currently shooting for Thackeray, a biopic on the late political leader and Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray. The actor will also be seen in the Anil Sharma directorial Genius and Nandita Das’ Manto, among others.