According to Deadline, Universal Pictures has successfully acquired the rights to The Bourne Ultimatum scribe George Nolfi’s upcoming original biographical drama, which will be based on true events about the American government’s Afghanistan evacuation.
Academy Award nominee Tom Hardy (Venom) and White House Down star Channing Tatum have officially signed on for leading roles in the untitled project.
Inspired by recently reported stories, the untitled project will center around three former special forces team members who jump back into the fray alongside their Afghan counterparts, to rescue families and allies left behind amid the rapid fall of Afghanistan last August.
In addition to starring, Hardy and Tatum will also be serving as producers along with Free Association’s Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan. Nolfi is expected to executive produce, with Senior Vice President of Production Ryan Jones set to oversee the project on behalf of Universal Pictures.
Hardy is best known for his roles in critically-acclaimed and blockbuster films such as Mad Max: Fury Road, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, and The Revenant. He was most recently seen in Sony Pictures’ superhero sequel Venom: Let There Be Carnage. He will also next be seen in Gareth Evans’ newest action-thriller Havoc for Netflix.
Tatum’s notable film credits include Coach Carter, Step Up, Magic Mike, 21 Jump Street, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, The Hateful Eight, and more. He will next be seen in Paramount Pictures’ adventure comedy film The Lost City starring opposite Sandra Bullock and in the upcoming comedy film Dog, which he co-directed with Reid Carolin.