Musician-cum-director Dito Montiel has rounded up Shia LaBeouf, House of Cards’ Kata Mara and Oscar-winning actor Gary Oldman for his latest project, a post-apocalyptic thriller called Man Down.
Though the project is still in the nascent stages of development, Montiel’s latest has rounded up an impressive roster of talent both in front of and behind the camera, including producers Jon Burton, Stephen McEveety and Dawn Krantz. Screenplay duties are currently being handled by Adam Simon — The Haunting In Connecticut (2009) — and the early internal impressions are already looking good.
“When I read this script for the first time I knew it was something very special. We are so thrilled to be able to have put together such an exemplary cast with an outstanding Director to tell the story.”
Not much is known regarding roles at this point in time, but it’s understood that Man Down will follow a former Afghanistan war veteran who returns to an eradicated United States in search of his family. It seems safe to assume that LaBeouf will play the role of the troubled protagonist, with Mara and Oldman serving as the wayward partner and grizzled father/surrogate father, respectively.
Of course, this is all conjecture at this stage; it’d be rather refreshing to see Montiel fly in the face of conventions and appoint Mara as the aforementioned veteran in search of her family. Nonetheless, we can only wait and see, but given the extensive experience that Oldman brings to the table, Man Down is certainly one to keep an eye on heading into 2015.
Dito Montiel’s Man Down is set to begin filming in New Orleans on October 30th and will look to attract the attention of international distributors when it is presented at the currently-ongoing Toronto Film Festival.