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admin / October 18th, 2015

Luke Evans and Henry Cavill have joined Nicholas Hoult in Sand Castle, the war drama being directed by Fernando Coimbra (Narcos) based on the screenplay by Chris Roessner. Roessner was previously Mark Gordon’s assistant and his former boss is producing with Treehouse Pictures’ Justin Nappi and 42’s Ben Pugh. Shooting is now set to start November 2.

Set in Iraq circa 2003, the pic is based on Roessner’s experience as a machine gunner in Iraq’s Sunni Triangle. The plot centers on Matt Ocre (Hoult), who is part of a mission to repair a broken water system in the dangerous and unstable Iraqi village of Baqubah. While the people of Baghdad welcome the Americans as saviors, the villagers resist their presence and Matt and his unit must try to convince the community that they are part of the solution, not the problem, in order to save the town and get out alive. Evans is playing the sergeant in charge of Ocre’s unit and Cavill is the special forces captain running the operation in Baqubah.

Voltage Pictures is handling international sales for the film and will present it at next month’s American Film Market. Producers hold U.S. rights to the pic, which Gordon has shepherded from the start. Treehouse (Arbitrage, All Is Lost) is fully financing. Brian Kavanaugh-Jones is executive producer.

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admin / March 14th, 2014

THR is reporting that Nicholas has signed on to star in the Iraqi war drama Sand Castle.

Nicholas Hoult has enlisted in the Iraqi war drama Sand Castle.

The X-Men: First Class actor will star in the film that is based on true events. Mark Gordon will produce and Brit commercials director Seb Edwards, who has helmed spots for Nike, Adidas and the Red Cross, will make his feature debut with the film.

Sand Castle was written by Chris Roessner, Gordon’s former assistant. Roessner’s script cracked the 2012 Black List of top unproduced screenplays.

Gordon shepherded the project from its inception, which chronicles the story of Roessner’s two years and more than 200 missions as a machine gunner in Iraq’s Sunni Triangle. The story centers on Matt Ocre (Hoult) and the leader of his platoon, Sergeant Baker, as they attempt to protect Baqubah, a dangerous farming village.

The Mark Gordon Company is no stranger to war-themed films, having produced The Messenger and Saving Private Ryan as well as the TV series Army Wives. The company’s TV credits also include Grey’s Anatomy, Ray Donovan and Private Practice.

CAA, which reps Edwards and Roessner, is arranging financing for Sand Castle and will handle domestic rights.

Hoult, whose recent credits include Warm Bodies, will next will be seen in X-Men Days of Future Past. He also is onboard to star in the indie Kill Your Friends, Autobahn opposite Anthony Hopkins and Equals with Kristen Stewart.

Edwards, who started out as an actor, appearing in John Boorman’s Hope & Glory at the age of 8, made a name for himself as an in-demand commercials director. He also helmed the short Friday, which was nominated for a British Independent Film Award.

Hoult is repped by UTA and 42 in the U.K.

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The Current War (2017)
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Sand Castle (2017)
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