Matthew Goode & Paul Bettany to Lead Naval Action Film 'Destroyer'

October 17, 2012
Source: Moviehole

Matthew Goode / Paul Bettany

When it comes to sea-faring adventure movies, some of the best ones are period pieces. Whether they're pirate tales like the first Pirates of the Caribbean film or swashbuckling classics like Errol Flynn's Captain Blood, there's something exciting about filming on a ship out in the open ocean. Perhaps the best of these is Peter Weir's Master and Commander: Far Side of the World, and now one of that film's stars is taking to the high seas again. According to Moviehole, Paul Bettany will star alongside Watchmen's Matthew Goode in Destroyer, an '80s period piece based on a true story set on a naval destroyer on its way to war.

The film follows British Navy Captain David Hart Dyke, whose ship is led into a tense situation during the Falklands Conflict in 1982 and is bombed by the Argentine Air Force. The screenplay is based on Dyke's memoir Four Weeks in May, which chronicled the incredible tale of survival from the captain's turbulent point of view. Moviehole also reports that Bettany and Goode are the first announced of a large ensemble cast, so we can expect to hear more names jump on board in the coming days.

Tom Shankland is handling the writing and directing duties here, but considering his background making low budget horror films, he seems like an odd choice for the material. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt since he wrote the screenplay and is obviously passionate about the story. Plus he must have a pretty solid pitch if he could snag talent like Bettany and Goode to headline this project. At least this sounds better than this summer's sci-fi, naval board game adaptation Battleship.

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