It’s going to be Thor versus the Taliban, as Chris Hemsworth joins fast-rising star Michael Shannon for the U.S Special Forces drama Horse Soldiers.
The movie will take as its inspiration Doug Stanton’s book of the same name. According to Deadline, it will tell “the tense true story of a U.S. Special Forces team and their untested captain sent to a rugged, mountainous region of Afghanistan in the weeks after 9/11. They were assigned to join forces with a Northern Alliance warlord to fight against overwhelming odds to drive out the Taliban.”
Nicolai Fuglsig will direct, with Jerry Bruckheimer producing.
“I am so happy that we’re finally getting this great project off the ground with wonderful leading actors, Chris Hemsworth and Michael Shannon,” said Bruckheimer.
The producer of Pearl Harbour and Black Hawk Down, Bruckheimer has been developing the Horse Soldiers project since 2009, when he acquired the screen rights to Stanton’s book. Black Label Media is co-financing.
“It’s also great to be partnered with Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill of Black Label Media, which is such a dynamic and exciting production company,” said Bruckheimer.
Black Label Media’s Trent Luckinbill added “[Horse Soldiers] is exactly the kind of compelling dramatic story that Black Label is committed to telling – an incredible account of real life bravery and heroism in the face of insurmountable odds. We couldn’t be more proud to partner with Jerry Bruckheimer in bringing this incredible story to life.”
Hemsworth is currently busy filming Thor: Ragnorok, which will be the third solo movie for the God of Thunder. Shannon is wowing the festival crowds with Tom Ford’s romantic thriller Nocturnal Creatures. He will soon begin work on The Current War opposite Benedict Cumberbatch.
There’s no word yet on when Horse Soldiers will start filming.
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