Oscar-nominated Hacksaw Ridge actor Andrew Garfield is ready to get back into the war zone, but in a totally different context. He is set to star and produce the forthcoming drama BLACK LION. Written by Alessandro Camon (The Messenger, Bullet to the Head), the story follows the life and the mysterious death of Carlos Mavroleon. Harvard educated and the heir to a $100 million English/Greek shipping empire, he left his job at Wall Street to become a war correspondent in Afghanistan.
Mavroleon became known not only for his good looks but his bold reporting. At one point, he was commanding a unit of Afghan Mujahideen against the Russians and serving as a bodyguard for a Pakistani tribal chief. Black Lion will focus on Mavroleon’s final assignment for 60 Minutes, where he was tasked with sneaking into Afghan tribal territories immediately after President Clinton’s 1998 missile strikes against Bin Laden’s camps, aimed at the perpetrators who bombed the American embassies in Tanzania and Kenya. Mavroleon was one of the first journalists to discover the link between Pakistan and the Al Qaida/Taliban axis. He was later found dead in a Peshawar motel room days later under mysterious circumstances.
Rupert Fowler and Daniela Taplin Lundberg will produce alongside Garfield. Camon has also signed on to executive produce alongside Nicholas Mavroleon and Aidan Hartley. Taplin Lundberg from Stay Gold Features nabbed the project and is backing development. A director for the film has not been set.
Garfield can be seen next in the upcoming crime thriller Under the Silver Lake and the Andy Serkis-directed drama Breathe opposite Claire Foy.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer