EXCLUSIVE: Aaron Eckhart has found a vehicle to follow the hit WWII drama Midway, this one set in the Vietnam War. He’ll star in the Dark Mark Productions film Ambush. Written and directed by Mark Earl Burman, the action-thriller is based on the true story of a deadly high-stakes subterranean mission into enemy controlled territory. The film will be produced under the Dark Mark Productions banner and by Burman, alongside executive producers David Unger of Artist International Group, Arianne Fraser and Delphine Perrier of Highland Film Group, Scott Powell, Randy Burman, Wayne Wilbur, Harry Ahluwalia and Anthony Standberry.
Highland Film Group is handling worldwide sales.
Eckhart will play Captain Drummond, leader of a group of young elite commandos who are tasked with collecting highly classified information that can change the fate of the war. On the edge of the jungle, the team is attacked by the overwhelming invisible force of the enemy army. Drummond’s young team must overcome their apprehension in order to pursue the force into the complex labyrinth of Cu Chi tunnels, with enemy soldiers and traps at every turn. Principal photography will commence in January 2020.
Aside from Midway, Eckhart stars in the recent release Line of Duty. He got a Golden Globe nom for Thank You For Smoking and an Indie Spirit Award for In The Company of Men, and co-starred in The Dark Knight and Sully. Burman produced the Paul Schrader-directed Dog Eat Dog, which premiered at Cannes. He directed the docu South Bureau Homicide.
Eckhart is represented by CAA and Barry Hirsch of Hirsch, Wallerstein.
“Today we’re fighting for our own freedom and liberty,” Aaron Eckhart said at the film’s premiere.
Stars and stripes and other symbols of American patriotism helped Hollywood pay homage to U.S. armed forces at the Midway world premiere at Westwood’s Regency Village Theatre.
Directed by Roland Emmerich, Midway centers on the post-Pearl Harbor battle in the Pacific between American and Imperial Japanese forces. The film sees stars including Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson and Nick Jonas as the real unsung heroes who changed the tide of World War II with their acts of bravery against Japanese forces.
Aaron Eckhart knows what it takes to be part of a popular comic book franchise, and he has some advice to share with actors who are joining the DC brotherhood.
With Robert Pattinson announced as the newest actor to tackle Batman in Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman, there has been a slew of fresh faces set to breathe new life into beloved characters like Paul Dano with the Riddler and Zoe Kravitz tasked with clawing into a feline suit for the role of Catwoman.
Eckhart, who portrayed Harvey Dent/Two-Face in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight in 2008, shares some helpful advice with them, as well as anyone who’ll land the same role he did nearly a decade ago.
“I think Heath [Ledger] and Joaquin [Phoenix] are showing the way,” Eckhart tells EW about Ledger and Phoenix who have both portrayed the Joker on the big screen. “They’re showing the way in the sense that they’re just being very real and that they go all the way into the bottom of their soul and find where it comes from and they give it to us. That’s what those guys did and I think audiences appreciate that the most.”
The actor is currently promoting his newest project, the action thriller Line of Duty. While shooting on location in Alabama in 2018, he bonded with costars Ben McKenzie and Giancarlo Esposito, who have both also been in Batman projects, about this universe that connects them.
“Ben and I did talk a little bit about Batman and he told me about all that he’s doing,” Eckhart says of McKenzie, who spent five seasons as James Gordon on Fox’s Gotham. And admits to having “an interesting conversation” with Esposito, who did voice work on two animated DC films: Son of Batman and Batman: Assault on Arkham.
But the ultimate tete-a-tete was between Eckhart and Tommy Lee Jones while working on their upcoming movie Wander. Although he wouldn’t divulge specifics, he did say “it came up” that both have played the villainous Two-Face, with Jones taking on the role of Dent in 1995’s Batman Forever.
“It’s all so funny but I don’t think about that stuff too much because as I’m getting older, I’m getting more boring,” he shares. “It is all so interesting, though — especially seeing my friend Joaquin Phoenix who is killing it with Joker.
“Throughout the span of your career, I guess you find yourselves in these movies. I was happy and very honored to be in The Dark Knight and all of the tentacles and the connections that it has throughout life and everybody’s life in Hollywood now.”
Aaron Eckhart‘s Frank Penny in the upcoming film Line of Duty needs redemption, and he may be able to find it with the help of a young kid name “D” (played by Elijah M. Cooper).
Penny is a disgraced cop battling against the clock to find an important member of the police captain’s (played by Giancarlo Esposito) family whose abductor he accidentally shot, in the Steven C. Miller-directed film. In an exclusive clip from the action thriller, Penny gets a call about an incident that’s taking place while on duty and he needs “D” to push him to take it on.
“Frank is that quintessential Hollywood down and out cop, he’s been through it and he’s a little rough around the edges,” Eckhart tells EW about his character. “He’s had some upsetting incidents in his career and during his life and he’s sort of recovering from all that. He’s sort of been demoted to the foot beat and he’s on the corner talking to his constituents and then it all breaks loose.
The whole premise of the film is that the police captain’s daughter has been taken hostage and is going to be killed. There’s a time limit and Frank has to find all the clues and put them together so he can find the girl and save her. So he redeems himself, it’s that classic down and out cop who has to redeem himself and by the end hopefully all is good afterwards.”
As highlighted in the clip, the relationship between Penny and one of his youngest constituents is an important one in the film. Even though “D” is many years younger than Penny, he serves as an important influence in his life.
“‘D’ and I become pals out on the streets and we have a nice little friendship,” Eckhart shares. “He knows my weaknesses and I’m okay with that. I get a call that there’s been a shooting and ‘D’ hears the call. And because I’m sort of a wrecked guy, I don’t know if I’m going to take the call or not and it’s ‘D’ who helps me find the courage to confront my fears and take the call.
“That relationship between Frank and D is one of the best in the film. At the end of the movie, it comes around and we see that it’s a humbling relationship because we’re all humans. No one is better than the next. We’re all just trying to get by in life, and we can influence each other no matter our age or where we’re at in life.”
Eckhart admits he’s fully invested in telling stories that have a specific message for viewers that includes and extends beyond entertainment. He wants the characters he brings to life moving forward to tell a story that will inspire viewers.
“It was important to me when I decided to do this film, and really any other film I do from here on out basically, is that [it fit a certain criteria.] It’s important to me that the film be entertaining and can be enjoyed by the whole family. I was everyone to be entertained but that they can also find a message in the story.
“This film certainly fit this bill. It’s a very human film, and it’s about caring and redemption. It’s a film about going to those dark places that you fear and with the help of others, coming out the other side. And that we’re all connected and that we all need each other, and that we can always find some common ground. So that was very important for me when I signed on.”
Line of Duty, which also costars Ben McKenzie, will hit theaters and on demand Nov. 15.
Lionsgate has released 13 new character posters for the upcoming epic, Midway, giving us a pristine look at the star-studded cast. From Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow director Roland Emmerich, Midway is an epic underdog film that tells the story of real-life events during World War II. It explores the pivotal clash between the American fleet and the Imperial Japanese Navy that acted as a turning point in the Pacific Theater during the War. The film aims to portray the heroic story of the leaders and soldiers who, “used their instincts, fortitude and bravery to overcome the odds.”
Each poster gives a close-up of the thirteen characters that make up the powerful cast. With warm light and artful shadows, the portraits speak to the classic, war epic feel Roland Emmerich is striving for.