Henry Cavill and Luke Evans have joined the Nicholas Hoult-led war drama SAND CASTLE, set to be directed by Fernando Coimbra. Coimbra, known for Netflix’s Narcos, will helm based on an original script by Chris Roessner. Roessner formally served as Mark Gordon’s assistant and now his mentor will come aboard to produce along with Treehouse Pictures’ Justin Nappi and 42’s Ben Pugh.
Set in Iraq circa 2003, the film is based on Roessner’s wartime experience serving as a machine gunner for two years in over 200 missions in Iraq’s Sunni Triangle. The story follows Matt Ocre (Hoult) and the leader of his platoon, Sergeant Baker, as they both strive to protect Baqubah, a violent and dangerous farming village.
Toby Kebbell was previously attached to star and Seb Edwards to direct, though they have both fallen off the project. Brian Kavanaugh-Jones will executive produce the project, with production slated to commence on November 2nd.
Evans last appeared in Universal’s Dracula Untold and in Peter Jackson’s final Hobbit film, The Hobbit: Battle of The Five Armies. He most recently wrapped on Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast, where he stars as Gaston opposite Emma Watson, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson, and Dan Stevens. He’ll next appear in the Tom Hiddleston-led thriller High Rise.
Cavill was recently seen in Guy Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E., which hit cinemas this past August. He’ll next reprise his role as Superman in the Man of Steel sequel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor