There comes a point in every popular comic actor’s life when they give a straight dramatic role a shot, and it seems that time is arriving for the ascending Amy Schumer.
Deadline reports that the actress is joining the PTSD drama “Thank You For Your Service,” starring Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Joe Cole, Beulah Koale, Scott Haze, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Brad Beyer, Omar Dorsey and Jayson Warner Smith. Initially eyed by Steven Spielberg, the project will now mark the directorial debut of “American Sniper” screenwriter Jason Hall. Based on the book by David Finkel, the story follows three U.S. soldiers who struggle to adapt to home life after serving in Iraq. Here’s the book synopsis:
No journalist has reckoned with the psychology of war as intimately as David Finkel. In The Good Soldiers, his bestselling account from the front lines of Baghdad, Finkel embedded with the men of the 2-16 Infantry Battalion as they carried out the infamous “surge,” a grueling fifteen-month tour that changed them all forever.
In Thank You for Your Service, Finkel follows many of those same men as they return home and struggle to reintegrate–both into their family lives and into American society at large. He is with them in their most intimate, painful, and hopeful moments as they try to recover, and in doing so, he creates an indelible, essential portrait of what life after war is like–not just for these soldiers, but for their wives, widows, children, and friends, and for the professionals who are truly trying, and to a great degree failing, to undo the damage that has been done. Thank You for Your Service is an act of understanding, and it offers a more complete picture than we have ever had of two essential questions: When we ask young men and women to go to war, what are we asking of them? And when they return, what are we thanking them for?
No word yet on Schumer’s role, but production is already underway, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see this one land in awards season later this year.