TWC-Dimension announced today that Borat director Larry Charles will helm the satirical comedy Army of One for Endgame Entertainment and Conde Nast Entertainment, starring Nicolas Cage as an average Joe who attempts to hunt down Osama bin Laden.
The film is loosely based on a GQ magazine article about Colorado construction worker/ex-con Gary Faulkner, who attempted to sneak into Pakistan and Afghanistan multiple times armed with a sword in order to find Bin Laden prior to the al-Qaeda leader’s assassination at the hands of Seal Team 6 in May of 2011.
Working from a script by Rajiv Joseph and Scott Rothman (Draft Day), Charles will use the same semi-improvised techniques he utilized for his other films, including The Dictator and Bruno, and with the unpredictable Cage given free reign with another unstable character the results should be at the very least eccentric. Principal photography begins on Army of One at the end of March, with an end of the year release planned by Harvey and Bob Weinstein, who struck a deal for North American rights via their TWC-Dimension label.
“For many years I’ve been a fan of Larry Charles, from his work on Seinfeld, to Borat, Bruno and most recently The Dictator. I’m thrilled to be in business with him and look forward to working with him on this fascinating story. The plan for the movie would be an end of 2015 release,” said Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company.
Cage will next play a corrupt politician in The Runner, as well as a professor searching for his kidnapped son in Pay the Ghost.
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