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