Eric Bana May Hear the Call of Duty for Peter Berg's 'Lone Survivor'

August 13, 2012
Source: Variety

Lone Survivor / Eric Bana

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 isĀ  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.

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  • I liked the movie the kingdom, its was for me pretty good, so this good news!
  • Raj
    He better do it justice. One of my favourite books.
  • hawk9
    In my opinion, Bana would play a better Marcus Luttrell than Wahlberg. I kind of get the feeling Berg's going to screw this one up, but let's hope for the best...
  • mooreworthy
    Damn good cast.
  • HMC
    Battleship was ass. Berg will screw this up.
    • Berg made Battleship for the studio so he would be afforded the opportunity to bring this project to the big screen. He knew Battleship would be ass and since the studio wanted it fast tracked he was able to get it done quickly with minimal thought and effort so that he could move onto Lone Survivor as soon as possible. This project never would've been green lit without doing Battleship first, sometimes in Hollywood you have to play the game when your name isn't Chris Nolan or David Fincher.




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