Dave Bautista has been cast in the action-adventure movie 'Afterburn'.

Dave Bautista is starring in Afterburn

Dave Bautista is starring in Afterburn

The 55-year-old star will feature alongside Samuel L. Jackson in the post-apocalyptic set story that is being directed by J.J. Perry.

The plot takes place 10 years after a solar flare has wiped out technology across the world and Bautista plays the role of former soldier Jake – who works as a treasure hunter recovering valuable items for powerful clients.

His new mission is to team up with freedom fighter Drea to recover the Mona Lisa before an unhinged warlord gets their hands on the famous painting.

The film is adapted from the Red 5 comic/graphic novel series of the same name and Jackson has been cast in the supporting role of freedom fighter Valentine.

Principal photography on the flick is due to start in Europe in April and additional casting is underway.

Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe are producing for Original Film and the project is due to be launched for sales at next week's European Film Market.

The two producers first tried to get the movie into production in 2018 but it now has fresh impetus and new ideas six years later.

Jaffe said: "'Afterburn' is a terrific action story, combining the fun of 'Indiana Jones' with the near future world building of 'Children of Men'.

"J.J. is going to bring this to life in a thrilling way, using real practical stunt work to create authentic, visceral set pieces.

"Dave is one of the leading action stars in the world today, as well as being an actor with real soul and versatility. So excited to be making 'Afterburn' with them both."