Robert De Niro gets to play another of his trademarked hard-nosed spy/killers (think 'Ronin') in the international action thriller 'The Killer Elite.' According to Variety, De Niro will star opposite Jason Statham and Clive Owen in a $66 million production based on Ranulph Fiennes' 1993 nonfiction book 'The Feather Men,' which follows a group of black ops agents for hire, who must hunt down and destroy a rogue cell of assassins. De Niro will play the mentor to Statham's character, who comes out of retirement when De Niro is kidnapped by the bad guys. The film began shooting in Melbourne this week. "Killer Elite" also stars Dominic Purcell, Yvonne Strahovski, Ben Mendelsohn, Aden Young and newcomer Firass Dirani.