Eric Bana May Hear the Call of Duty for Peter Berg's 'Lone Survivor'
It doesn't matter if Battleship didn't impress earlier this summer at the box office, because Peter Berg isn't stepping away from directing or the armed forces for his next film. We've known for awhile that Berg was going to direct an adaptation of Lone Survivor, based on the book of the same name by real-life Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell. The story follows a Navy SEAL team, fighting 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. Now Variety reports Eric Bana is ready to join the ranks of the film.
Mark Wahlberg is already playing the author and Taylor Kitsch and Ben Foster are on his team, but it's not clear what role Bana will play in the film. Emile Hirsch was also recently added to the cast as a member of the SEAL team, so this film just sounds better all the time. The last time Berg took a venture into a military themed film, it resulted in the underrated thriller The Kingdom, so I can't wait to see what he does with this true story, especially after the filmmaker spent an entire month with a SEAL team in Iraq to prepare for the film. Sounds like it should be pretty intense.