They are both veterans of different cinematic military experiences, but now news arrives via Deadline that Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Michael Shannon (The Iceman) are teaming up as the chosen leads for a new based on truth story of US Special Forces team called Horse Soldiers.
Writers Peter Craig (The Town) and Ted Tally (The Silence Of The Lambs) have crafted the current draft, adapting Doug Stanton's 2010 book. It follows the team sent to a dangerous, mountainous region of Afghanistan in the weeks following 9/11. They were there to join forces with a Northern Alliance warlord to battle the Taliban. Danish filmmaker Nicolai Fuglsig is in the director's chair.
Jerry Bruckheimer (The Lone Ranger) has been trying to get this one made since he picked up the rights alongside Walt Disney Pictures in 2009 before the book even hit shelves. "I am so happy that we're finally getting this great project off the ground with wonderful leading actors, Chris Hemsworth and Michael Shannon," said Bruckheimer in a statement carried by Deadline. "It's also great to be partnered with Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill of Black Label Media, which is such a dynamic and exciting production company."
Hemsworth will be back on our screens as Marvel's hammer wielding hero in Thor: Ragnarok, which is out here on 27 October next year. Shannon has Tom Ford's (A Single Man) Nocturnal Animals out 4 November and Loving due on 3 February next year.