Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges, Beowulf, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) has been signed on for the final lead role in the untitled “Green Zone” thriller that Paul Greengrass is directing for Universal and Working Title.
Gleeson, who plays an American soldier, joins Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear, Amy Ryan and Jason Isaacs.
Variety says the Brian Helgeland-scripted drama is a fictionalized drama inspired by the Rajiv Chandrasekaran book “Imperial Life in the Emerald City,” and the drama focuses on the dichotomy between the Green Zone, where troops are housed, and the streets of Baghdad after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. Pic posits that bureaucrats are making policy decisions about the country’s rebuilding even though they’re in a sheltered enclave without a clear view of all that is happening.
The film is currently shooting in Spain.