Michael Chiklis will be teaming up with former The Shield co-star Forest Whitaker for the independent crime movie Pawn, which is focused around a hostage situation that’s gone terribly awry. Also starring in the film will be Ray Liotta and the musician Common. The movie marks David A. Armstrong’s directorial debut, and the feature debut for Chiklis’ production company Extravaganza Films. Chiklis will produce with The Story Department’s Brad Luff, Most Films’ Jeff Most and Imprint Entertainment’s Michael Becker. Jay Anthony White penned the script, in which an ex-con becomes dragged into a manipulative chess game between the FBI, local police force and the mafia. Chiklis, who most recently starred alongside Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez in the film Parker, was introduced to the project by Luff, who’s executive producer of Parker. Pawn starts production December 1st 2011.