As production begins on Guy Ritchie’s The Interpreter in Spain, Deadline brings word that The Boys star Antony Starr, Alexander Ludwig (Vikings), and Dar Salim (Warrior) have been tapped to star opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in the upcoming action-thriller film. In addition, Jason Wong (The Gentleman), Bobby Schofield (Anne), Sean Sagar (The Gentlemen), and Emily Beecham (Cruella) have also joined the cast.
Salim is set to portray the role of Ahmed, the local Afghan interpreter working for the U.S. military who risks his life to save Sgt. Kinley, who is portrayed by Gyllenhaal.
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The Interpreter is being directed and produced by Guy Ritchie from a screenplay he co-wrote with regular collaborators Ivan Atkinson and Marn Davies. Ritchie was reportedly inspired to tell the story “after conversations with soldiers and the interpreters who risk their lives to help them.”
Gyllenhaal will play Sergeant John Kinley “who on his last tour of duty in Afghanistan is teamed with local interpreter Ahmed to survey the region. When their unit is ambushed on patrol, Kinley and Ahmed are the only survivors. With enemy combatants in pursuit, Ahmed risks his own life to carry an injured Kinley across miles of grueling terrain to safety. Back on U.S. soil, Kinley learns that Ahmed and his family were not given passage to America as promised. Determined to protect his friend and repay his debt, Kinley returns to the warzone to retrieve Ahmed and his family before the local militias reach them first,” describes the outlet.
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Producers are Atkinson, Josh Berger, and STXfilms’ John Friedberg. It is executive produced by Olga Filipuk and Samantha Waite.