The cast of HOTEL MUMBAI is shaping up and it looks like Dev Patel and Armie Hammer are in negotiations to be the first to join the film based on the terrorist attacks on the Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai in 2008.
John Collee and Anthony Maras have been tapped to write the screenplay based on the documentary Surviving Mumbai. Maras is also set to direct. The film will echo the documentary which is an account of the courageous actions of the hotel staff and guests during a terrorist attack on the iconic Indian landmark by Pakistani militants. Hundreds were held hostage and the attack resulted in 160 deaths.
Thunder Road’s Kent Kubena and Jonathan Fuhrman will serve as exec producers along with Patel. Producers include Basil Iwanyk of Thunder Road, Gary Hamilton and Mike Gabrawy of Arclight Films, Andrew Ogilvie of Electric Pictures, as well as Julie Ryan.
Patel is known for his breakout role in 2008’s Slumdog Millionaire. Since then he has starred in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Chappie and HBO’s The Newsroom. His next starring role is in Lion with Rooney Mara and Nicole Kidman, which is slated for release later this year.
Earlier this year, Hammer was seen in the film adaptation of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.. He also stars in Nate Parker’s buzzworthy Sundance film The Birth of a Nation. He also stars in the forthcoming Tom Ford film, Nocturnal Animals alongside Isla Fisher, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Amy Adams.
Patel is repped by Curtis Brown Group and WME.
Hammer is repped by WME.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer