Deadline is reporting Ant-Man and War on Everyone star Michael Pena has come attached to Horse Soldiers, the Nicolai Fuslig-directed pic.
He’ll join Chris Hemsworth and Midnight Special‘s Michael Shannon for the Afghan war drama, one which chronicles the true-life tale of an untrained captain who directs a team of US Special Forces into a rugged, mountainous area of the Middle East in the weeks after 9/11. According to Deadline, Pena has clinched the part of Diller, a member of Mitch’s (Hemsworth) squad that was “assigned to join forces with a Northern Alliance warlord to fight against overwhelming odds to drive out the Taliban.” Showcasing tremendous bravery during his time on the front lines, his character winds up spearheading an attempt to severe one of the Taliban’s primary supply lines.
Doug Stanton’s novel will serve as inspiration for Horse Soldiers, and we understand Peter Craig and Ted Tally are the scribes tasked with adapting the nail-biting true story for the big screen. Meanwhile, Black Label is the studio lending much of the financial support, enlisting the help of producer Jerry Bruckheimer and his banner.
There’s currently no mention of when we can expect Horse Soldiers to trot into production, but we’ll be keeping tabs on this one as it develops. Before shipping off to the Middle East, Michael Pena will be part of the star-studded ensemble that will soon feature in the Oscar-tipped Collateral Beauty. Expect David Frankel’s dramedy to open opposite Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16.