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Emile Hirsch Joining Kitsch & Wahlberg in 'Lone Survivor' Adaptation

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July 23, 2012
Source: Variety

Emile Hirsch / Lone Survivor

Since Battleship took director Peter Berg to a pretty unrealistic place, the filmmaker is looking to ground himself for Lone Survivor. Based on the book of the same name by real-life Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, the story follows a Navy SEAL team which fought to stay alive after being ambushed in Afghanistan in 2005 by Taliban forces during a covert mission in the Hindu Kush mountain region, where the team went to kill a terrorist leader. Mark Wahlberg is already attached to play the author in the film with Taylor Kitsch and Ben Foster also on the team. Now Variety reports Emile Hirsch is joining their ranks as well. More below!

Hirsch is playing another member of the team, but no specifics on his character have been made available just yet. The film came together when people were feeling pretty patriotic following the death of Osama bin Laden, but the real reason Universal let Berg take on the film was because he agreed to do Battleship first. Berg, who spent an entire month with a SEAL team in Iraq to prepare for the film, says it will be "an unapologetically patriotic film that honors and pays homage to an incredible group of badass guys who do this." It will certainly be more realistic than Battleship, and hopefully a much better film, too.

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  • Tey
    Don't worry Peter Berg. With Battleship there is no way to go but UP!
  • 88
    I want the Dune movie!NAO!
  • rocky728
    Battleship was just a pop-corn movie. I thought it was just entertainment, plain and simple. I can forgive Berg for that. He wasn't aiming for some cerebral Oscar contender and with the name of the board game and alien concept I think we all knew what we were in for. Anyway I will be looking forward to this new one. I really dug The Kingdom so I'll give him the benefit of the doubt.
  • JustSomeGuy
    The book was amazing and have been looking forward to a movie for a while now. Cant wait! Now as much as I love Marky Mark, I dont know how he is going to play a guy who is 6 foot 5 inches tall! Either way he is still a great fit for this type of movie
  • jman571
    Oh man this is exciting. This is such a great book and really shows the heroism of these SEALs. None of these actors is going to be as jacked as Marcus Luttrell but I guess that's a liberty they'll have to take with the accuracy.
  • SuicidalOptimist
    Really looking forward to this. I absolutely loved 'Restrepo', and the premise of this reminds me a lot of it, even if 'Restrepo' was a documentary and this will be "real" movie.
  • BigMed
    I just hope he does his research and incorperates all those that were involved in the real mission. I know that there were plenty of Army Rangers and Paratroopers from the 82nd on the recovery mission that have never been mentioned. There was a platoon of Paratroopers in a village that Marcus Lutrell was hiding in and the report from higher they got was his homing beacon turned off as soon as they got into the village. They were later told that he turned it off so as to not afford the family harboring him harm. Hats off to him, like I said I just hope they incorperate as many of the real dynamics as possible.

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