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.
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.
Midway will be in theaters November 8, 2019 and stars Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Luke Evans, Aaron Eckhart, Etsushi Toyokawa, Tadanobu Asano, Luke Kleintank, Jun Kunimura, Darren Criss, Keean Johnson, Alexander Ludwig, with Mandy Moore, Dennis Quaid and Woody Harrelson.
Aaron Eckhart has worked with a number of standout writer-directors — Steven Soderbergh, Jason Reitman and Christopher Nolan, to name a few — over his 25-year film career. So when the opportunity to work with Matthew Weiner on his new star-studded Amazon anthology series, The Romanoffs, came up, Eckhart jumped at the opportunity.
Appearing in the premiere episode, “The Violet Hour,” which is now streaming, Eckhart plays Greg, the lone nephew and caretaker to a bigoted, wealthy aunt played by Marthe Keller. Over the course of the episode, which is set in Paris and is acted mostly in French, the family’s connection to the Romanovs is revealed as an unexpected person changes the course of Greg’s future.
“It was beautifully written,” Eckhart tells ET of the script. “I thought that Matthew was putting relationships together that were unconventional.”
Lionsgate has set Nov. 8 for the opening of Roland Emmerich’s $100M World War II epic “Midway”. Next year Veterans Day, which has always been a bountiful holiday at the box office, falls on a Monday, giving Midway a four-day run.
“Midway” will star Aaron Eckhart, Woody Harrelson, Patrick Wilson, Ed Skrein, Luke Evans, Mandy Moore, Dennis Quaid, Nick Jonas and more.
Luke Evans, Woody Harrelson, Mandy Moore, Ed Skrein, and Patrick Wilson have already been revealed for the strong ensemble and they are now joined by Asano (Zatoichi), Eckhart (The Dark Knight), Johnson (Alita: Battle Angel), singer and actor Jonas (Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle), Quaid (Day After Tomorrow), Luke Kleintank (Man in the High Castle), Jun Kunimura (Kill Bill: Vol. 1), and Etsushi Toyokawa (Love Letter).
Based on the true story of the Battle of Midway, a turning point in the Pacific theater of World War II, the $100M+ action-drama will chronicle the exploits of the soldiers and pilots at the heart of the conflict. Shoot is due to get under way from September 5 in Honolulu.