Isaac’s attachment comes from an odd source, a series of pictures of Isaac on a beach in Hawaii with his co-stras Ben Affleck, Charlie Hunnam and Garrett Hedlund. (You can see those pictures here, if that will make your Monday morning brighter.)
The project was originally written by Mark Boal for Kathryn Bigelow to direct at Paramount, but JC Chandor came onboard a couple years back, development continued, Chandor did some rewrites and various actors came on board and left.
Ben Affleck was supposed to star in the movie originally, but then he dropped out last year to deal with family issues, but he now seems to be back on board with Hunnam, Hedlund and Isaac. The film also stars Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones) and Adria Arjona.
Netflix came on board to distribute and finance the film when Paramount put it into turnaround with Charles Roven, Andy Horwitz and Alex Gartner producing for Atlas Entertainment. Executive producers are Thomas Hayslip, Neal Dodson and Anna Gerb.
The movie is an action-adventure set on the border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil, and production was supposed to start in the summer, but apparently, they’re getting an early start on the project for Netflix to stream sometime in 2019. Chandor’s film will also shoot in California and Colombia.
The film’s tagline: Loyalties are tested when five friends reunite to take down a South American drug lord, unleashing a chain of unintended consequences.
Isaac reunites with Chandor after starring in his film A Most Violent Year, co-starring Jessica Chastain. Chandor previously wrote and directed Margin Call, for which he was nominated for an Oscar for the screenplay, then he directed Robert Redford in All Is Lost.
Isaac is best known these days for playing Poe Dameron in Lucasfilm’s Star Wars movies, and he recently appeared in Alex Garland’s Annihilation, itself a reunion from the filmmaker’s previous film Ex Machina. Isaac will next be seen in Dan Fogelman’s Life Itself and Chris Weitz’s Operation Finale, which oddly, are both released on Sept. 21.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor