The Butler director is set to challenge film stereotypes by creating an "interracial love affair action movie" and is auditioning African-American actors to find Pettyfer's onscreen partner.
Daniels describes his project as a gay "Mr. and Mrs. Smith, but with the two good-looking guys as the action heroes", telling Out magazine, "(Pettyfer is) so hot, isn't he? So hot. And so aware of his hotness in a way that's so...I love him to death."
Despite studio bosses previously steering clear of a project featuring a lead gay character, Daniels insists his success at the box office will ensure the movie gets made: "I don't think I'm going to have a problem now. I made $100 million for The Butler. I'm in a rare group. So this is something I feel good about."
Pettyfer worked with Daniels on The Butler, playing plantation owner Thomas Westfall.