The long-gestating adaptation of Doug Stanton’s book HORSE SOLDIERS has landed Michael Shannon and Chris Hemsworth to star.
The Tracking Board broke the story last year that Lionsgate would be taking the development reins from Disney. The project, adapted by screenwriters Peter Craig and Ted Tally, has since been gaining traction with Nicolai Fuglsig as director.
Based on a true story, the movie is set weeks after 9/11 when special forces soldiers are sent to Afghanistan. The small team’s mission is to take over the city of Mazar-e-Sharif, but modern-day weapons prove useless in the rugged terrain. With the help of the Northern Alliance, these soldiers are retrained to become a deadly force, using only their personal supplies and weapons on horseback.
Jerry Bruckheimer has been on this project 2011, and he is producing alongside Molly Smith at Black Label Media. Geoff Shaevitz and James Myers will be overseeing for Lionsgate.
Shannon is set to have a busy award season with roles in Jeff Nichols’ Loving and Tom Ford’s thriller Nocturnal Animals. He can also be seen in the upcoming comedy Pottersville opposite Christina Hendricks and Ron Pearlman.
Hemsworth recently appeared in Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot and the fantasy action pic The Huntsman: Winter’s War. He is set to continue his reign as Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok.
Shannon is repped by CAA and Wetzel Entertainment.
Hemsworth is repped by CAA and Morrissey Management.
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Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer