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Michael Shannon and Chris Hemsworth to Star in Film Adaptation of ‘Horse Soldiers’

The film is based on the novel by Doug Stanton about a U.S. Special Forces team sent to a mountainous region of Afghanistan after 9/11.

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Michael Shannon’s got major projects in the works. Yesterday, it was reported that the actor would be joining Benedict Cumberbatch in “The Current War,” and now Deadline announced that Shannon has jumped onboard another drama, “Horse Soldiers,” alongside Chris Hemsworth.

Co-financed by Black Label Media, the film is based on Doug Stanton’s book of the same name and follows a U.S. Special Forces team and their untested captain who are sent to a rugged, mountainous region of Afghanistan in the weeks after 9/11. The team is assigned to work with a Northern Alliance warlord to fight against overwhelming odds to drive out the Taliban. No details about Shannon or Hemsworth’s characters were revealed.

READ MORE: Michael Shannon Joins Benedict Cumberbatch in Thomas Edison Drama ‘The Current War’

The project is being directed by Nicolai Fuglsig and was adapted for the screen by Peter Craig and Ted Tally. Black Label Media’s  Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill are producing with Jerry Bruckheimer and his Jerry Bruckheimer Films banner. Chad Oman will serve as executive producer.

Black Label Media’s “La La Land” was a hit at the Toronto International Film Festival. The company also recently wrapped Danny Strong’s “Rebel In The Rye” and is preparing the “Sicario” sequel “Soldado,” and “Sierra Burgess Is A Loser.”

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Shannon will next be seen in “Loving” on November 4 and in Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals,” out December 9. He’s currently filming “The Shape of Water” and is attached to Seth Henrikson’s “Pottersville” and the drama “State Like Sleep.” Hemsworth is busy filming “Thor: Ragnarok” and will then jump on “Avengers: Infinity.”

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