Nicholas Hoult, Luke Evans and Henry Cavill Join War Film Sand Castle

Posted by at 1:37 pm on October 9, 2015


Treehouse Pictures has announced that Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road, X-Men: Apocalypse), Luke Evans (Furious 7,”The Hobbit”) and Henry Cavill (The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) will star in the intense war drama Sand Castle, produced by Oscar-nominated Mark Gordon (Steve Jobs, Saving Private Ryan) of The Mark Gordon Company, Justin Nappi (Arbitrage, All Is Lost) through his company Treehouse Pictures, and Ben Pugh (Welcome to the Punch) of 42.

Written by Chris Roessner and directed by Fernando Coimbra (A Wolf at the Door, “Narcos”) the film is set in Iraq circa 2003 and is based on Roessner’s experience as a machine gunner in Iraq’s Sunni Triangle. The story 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.

Voltage Pictures is handling international sales for the film and will present the film to buyers next month at the American Film Market. Producers currently hold US rights.

“It took little convincing for me to come on board to produce this extraordinary and gripping film which so accurately depicts the intricacies of real people in extreme circumstances. I am excited about our amazing lead cast who, in the hands of our masterful director Fernando, will deliver the most powerful performances of their careers. Nicholas, Luke and Henry are a dream team, as are my fellow producers Mark and Ben,” said Nappi.

Added producer Gordon, “Chris was my assistant and we worked on the script together for some time. It’s very exciting to see the movie come together with a wonderfully talented director and an amazing cast.”

Principal photography is set to start on November 2.

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