Mimi Leder will direct Remember Their Names, a film about a young merchant marine’s tour of duty in WWII alongside Woody Guthrie, reports Variety.
Written by Leder’s brother, Reuben Leder, the film is based on Jim Longhi’s memoir “Woody, Cisco & Me.”
“Names” will be shot in New York and Sicily, and Mimi Leder hopes to make the film her next directorial outing.
Before Longhi became an attorney, politician and playwright, he enlisted in 1943 and crewed with Guthrie and folksinger Cisco Houston aboard Liberty ships.
Guthrie’s tunes are a big part of the story, as the trio sung and played their way across the Atlantic and Mediterranean to Sicily and then Normandy.