This couldn’t come at a better time. I just got watching a French war movie called “Special Forces” (that review is coming with another special edition of Encapsulated Cinema), which reminded me that I really, really can’t wait to see Peter Berg’s adaptation of the Marcus Luttrell true-story “Lone Survivor” on the big screen.
The film has been casting for sometime, with production set for next month in New Mexico (standing in for Afghanistan), and now it’s added Eric Bana to the cast.
Bana will play a SEAL leader in the film, though no one specific character. I’m guessing he’ll be more of a composite, since there are a lot of SEALs in “Lone Survivor”, as the story itself is about the very close-knit special warfare fighting group.
The Australian actor is no stranger to Hollywood war movies. He had one of the more memorable characters in Ridley Scott’s 2001 movie “Black Hawk Down”, where he played a badass Delta Force operator.
Bana joins a cast that already includes Mark Wahlberg (as Luttrell), Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch and Taylor Kitsch as part of a four-man SEAL unit sent into the mountains of Afghanistan to capture a Taliban leader, only to find themselves making a life-or-death decision that greatly impacts their destinies. The central action sequence will be a hellacious gun battle between the SEALs and Al Qaeda soldiers on the side of a mountain.
It’s a hell of a story, told from first-person account by Luttrell in his book “Lone Survivor”, and doesn’t just tell about the heroics of the SEALs, but also the Afghan tribesmen who risks everything to keep Luttrell alive.
Via : THR