“Moonlight” breakout star Trevante Rhodes has just landed his next big gig after receiving praise for his performance in Barry Jenkin’s indie film. The 26-year-old is now in talks to join Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon and Michael Peña in the war drama “Horse Soldiers,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The film is based on Doug Stanton’s 2009 novel 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.
Nicolai Fuglsig will direct from a script by Peter Craig and Ted Tally.
Jerry Bruckheimer and his Jerry Bruckheimer Films banner will produce along with Black Label Media’s Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill. Bruckheimer Films’ Chad Oman will executive produce.Black Label Media will finance.
Rhodes starred in A24’s hit drama “Moonlight,” which premiered to critical acclaim at this year’s Telluride Film Festival. The actor portrays the the oldest version of Chiron, a young man who struggles with his sexuality and broken family. His previous credits include Tyler Perry’s series “If Loving You Is Wrong” and was on an episode of “Westworld. He’ll next be seen in Terrence Malick’s film “Weightless.”
“Moonlight” is now in theaters nationwide.