Nicholas Hoult & Toby Kebbell to Lead Iraq War Drama 'Sand Castle'
While we're long past the influx of too many dramas about the Iraq War, that doesn't mean there aren't still stories to be told. ScreenDaily has word on the latest with Sand Castle, with a script that made the Black List written by veteran Chris Roessner and based on real-life events experienced by a platoon sent to repair an aqueduct in the dangerous and remote village of Baqubah, Iraq. The film is headed to the Cannes Film Market and two of the cast members are Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies, X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Toby Kebbell, who was recently cast as Dr. Doom in the Fantastic Four reboot at Fox. Read on!
Kebbell is also credited with a pivotal role in one of this summer's most promising blockbusters, but you won't recognize him at all because he's playing one of the simians in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The actor will play Sgt. Baker, the platoon leader who must keep his men sane in the face of mounting casualties, and it sounds like it could be another role to really boost his career. Meanwhile, Hoult will play a young machine gunner. The film is being produced by Saving Private Ryan producer Mark Gordon with commercial and short film director Seb Edwards making his feature debut. Production is slated to begin in South Africa and Italy in October, and we'll be paying attention to this one for sure.