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Nicolas Cage has been cast in Osama Bin Laden hunt comedy Army of One.
Cage will play construction worked Gary Faulkner, who made several attempts to sneak into Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The semi-scripted film is expected to diverge from the original narrative.
Cage was most recently seen in Dying of the Light. »
Okay, maybe that’s not entirely true, but the next team of people likely to stir international controversy over a silly comedy are Borat director Larry Charles and none other than Nicolas Cage in their new satire Army of One.
The Hollywood Reporter first had details on the new project Wednesday, in which Cage plays an ordinary guy from the States who takes it upon himself to hunt down and kill Osama bin Laden. The film is loosely based on a GQ article about Gary Faulkner, a 50-year-old man from Colorado who, according to the piece, “had been found high in the mountains of Pakistan near the Afghan border carrying a sword, a dagger, a pistol, and night-vision equipment” on a one-man quest to kill bin Laden. »
- Brian Welk
Nicolas Cage has signed on to star in Army of One, an upcoming satire from director Larry Charles (Borat, The Dictator), which is based upon the true story of a regular Joe who embarked on a hunt for the notorious Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
THR reports that the project is loosely based upon a GQ article about Gary Faulkner, “a Colorado construction worker who took it upon himself to find Bin Laden, including trying to sneak into Pakistan and Afghanistan numerous times.”
Army of One is set to shoot in March, with The Weinstein Company hoping to have the film ready for release later in the year.
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- Gary Collinson
The Weinstein Company announced that Nicolas Cage will star as an average guy who attempts to hunt down Osama Bin Laden in the upcoming "Army of One" comedy, to be directed by Larry Charles (Borat). The story is based on a GQ magazine article about a construction worker/ex-con Gary Faulkner, who attempted to sneak into Pakistan and Afghanistan multiple times armed with a sword in order to find Bin Laden. This obviously took place before Bin Laden was killed by Seal Team 6. The plan is to begin shooting in March and use the same techniques utilized in Charles' other films, like "Bruno" and "The Dictator." It will then hit theaters at the end of 2015. »
Looks like Nicolas Cage is going back to some of his comedy roots for a new movie called Army Of One for Borat director Larry Charles. The planned film will see Cage play a regular ‘Joe’ who decides to get off his backside to hunt Osama Bin Laden.
The Hollywood Reporter has more:
Army of One is loosely based on Chris Heath’s GQ magazine article recounting the real-life misadventures of Gary Faulkner, a Colorado construction worker who took it upon himself to find Bin Laden, including trying to sneak into Pakistan and Afghanistan numerous times.
The Weinstein brothers Harvey and Bob are behind the film with their TWC/ Dimension label, and shooting is set to get underway pretty quickly with Cage and co. going before the cameras in March for a late 2015 release.
Source: THR »
- Paul Heath
Nicolas Cage has been cast in the comedy Army of One, the story of a man who attempted to capture Osama Bin Laden all by himself. The film will be directed Larry Charles (Borat) and is a semi-scripted, "loose retelling" of an article published in GQ. Cage will take on the lead role based on Gary Faulkner, a Colorado man who "picked up a pistol and a samurai sword to sneak across the Pakistan border to hunt down Osama Bin Laden." Principal photography is to begin in early 2015 and there are hopes for an end-of-year release. [The Wrap] »
- Jennifer Maas
Nicolas Cage gets a bit of a bum reputation these days as a bad actor. That's just simply not true. He has far too many great movies with truly unique performances for that to be the case. But, to be fair, he's popped up in quite a few duds in the recent years, many of which went straight to home video. So while his reputation may not be entirely accurate, it's at least understandable. Hopefully Army of One changes that. Directed by Larry Charles (Borat), this new satire is based loosely on the real life of Gary Faulkner, a construction worker from Colorado who quit his day job to travel to the other side of the world and hunt down Osama bin Laden. Obviously he didn't succeed, but he certainly got up to many shenanigans in the process. For example, his most...
- Peter Hall
Imagine if some random guy from Colorado just decided to travel to Pakistan and hunt Osama bin Laden himself? Now imagine if they made a movie about that guy and he was played by the always-entertaining (and forever-fascinating) Nicolas Cage. That's the setup for Army of One, which will star Cage in the leading role. Directed by Larry Charles (Borat), this satire is based loosely on the real life of Gary Faulkner, a construction worker from Colorado who quit his day job to travel to the...
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Nicolas Cage has joined the comedy “Army of One” with TWC-Dimension acquiring North American rights.
Larry Charles, whose credits include “Borat,” “Bruno” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” is directing from a script by Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph. “Army of One” is inspired by a 2010 GQ article written by Chris Heath about Gary Faulkner, an ex-con who made 11 attempts to travel to the most volatile region of Pakistan to capture Osama bin Laden, armed with only a sword.
FilmNation will launch international sales at Berlin.
Conde Nast Entertainment and Endgame Entertainment are the production companies. Producers are Dawn Ostroff and Jeremy Steckler at Cne, Emile Gladstone at Emile Gladstone Productions and Endgame Entertainment’s James D. Stern. Patrick Newall will serve as exec producer.
Shooting is slated to begin in the first quarter. “Army of One” will be released under the new TWC-Dimension label, which saw its first release last week »
- Dave McNary
The story is loosely based on a GQ magazine article about a Colorado construction worker/ex-con who attempted to sneak into Pakistan and Afghanistan multiple times. His goal? To find and kill Osama Bin Laden. He never succeeded though as the al-Qaeda leader was ultimately assassinated at the hands of U.S. Navy Seal Team 6 in May 2011.
Rajiv Joseph and Scott Rothman (Draft Day) penned the script, but Charles is expected to use the same semi-improvised techniques he used in "Bruno" and "The Dictator" which will allow Cage to deliver an unpredictable and unstable character performance.
Shooting is slated to begin at the end of March for a late 2015 release through TWC-Dimension.
Source: TWC-Dimension »
- Garth Franklin
It's not that strange to imagine Nic Cage taking out Osama bin Laden. Or at least wanting to. That's why he's been cast to play Gary Faulkner, reports Deadline, the subject of a fascinating GQ profile who, as a "50-year-old ex-con ... traveled to the most volatile region of Pakistan to capture Osama bin Laden." The film's called Army of One and will be directed by Larry Charles — the same guy who did Borat and so many episodes of Seinfeld — which means we're likely getting something funny. Or at least something that's funny on purpose. »
- Lindsey Weber
There's been a lot of terrible Nicolas Cage movies made over the past few years, and last year brought one of the worst with the new adaptation of Left Behind. But it sounds there might be a good one in the works, and it's not just another action thriller. THR has word that Cage is slated to star in Army of One, a satirical comedy from Borat director Larry Charles about an average guy who decides to begin his own hut for Osama Bin Laden. And the film has some serious producer power behind it as Harvey and Bob Weinstein have struck a deal for the North American rights to the film through the TWC-Dimension banner. Read on! The film is loosely based on a GQ article by Chris Heath about the real-life misadventures of a man named Gary Faulkner, a Colorado construction worker who took it upon himself to find Bin Laden, »
- Ethan Anderton
Loosely inspired on real events, Charles’ latest draws from the story of one Gary Faulkner, a blue-collar construction worker who took it upon himself to assassinate who many considered to be one of the most dangerous men in the world at the time. Such a journey saw Faulkner attempt to sneak into Afghanistan and Pakistan on multiple occasions, armed with only a sword to stop the al-Qaeda leader in his tracks before his ultimate demise at the hand of the Us army in May of 2011.
On paper, it’s a bonkers premise that could just work thanks to the touch of Charles. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Army of One will retain the semi-improvised »
- Michael Briers
The hunt for Osama bin Laden was so significant that we’ve already had a few movies about missions to find and/or kill the al-Qaeda leader. Most famously, of course, is Zero Dark Thirty, which dramatizes the operation that resulted in bin Laden’s death. Before that was the comedic documentary Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?, in which director Morgan Spurlock jokingly travels through Africa and the Middle East in search of the wanted terrorist. Spurlock wasn’t the only “regular guy” on the hunt, though, as we’ll see soon enough in the comedy Army of One. Described as a satire, the movie will also be based on a true story of the “Rocky Mountain Rambo,” Gary Faulkner, a Denver-based construction worker who in 2010 went to Pakistan armed with a pistol, a knife and a samurai sword to take out bin Laden all by himself. Who »
- Christopher Campbell
Nicolas Cage has played some pretty kooky characters in his time, so his latest role should fit right in. Everyone’s favorite Oscar winner / B-movie fixture has just signed on for Army of One, about a regular Joe who decides to look for al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Larry Charles (Borat) is directing. More on the Nicolas […]
- Angie Han
Weinstein boutique label TWC-Dimension today has snapped up North American rights to Condé Nast Entertainment and Endgame Entertainment’s "Army of One," a comedy based on this GQ article about Gary Faulkner, the man who went to Pakistan to find Osama Bin Laden with little more than a sword. Nicolas Cage toplines as Faulkner in this semi-scripted project from Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph ("Draft Day"). "Army of One" will be directed by Larry Charles, the funny man behind "The Dictator," "Bruno," "Borat" and many episodes of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Seinfeld"; the pic will be produced by Dawn Ostroff and Jeremy Steckler of Condé Nast, Emile Gladstone at Emile Gladstone Productions and Endgame Entertainment’s James D. Stern. Julie Goldstein and Lucas Smith. Bob Weinstein, who co-released "Paddington" with brother Harvey also under the Dimension label, hopes for an »
- Ryan Lattanzio
TWC-Dimension today announced the acquisition of the North American rights of Condé Nast Entertainment and Endgame Entertainment's Army of One, a comedy directed by Larry Charles (Borat, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Bruno, Seinfeld) and starring Nicolas Cage. Army of One is inspired by a GQ article written by Chris Heath. The film is a loose retelling of the article, which tells the true story of Gary Faulkner, who tried to hunt down Osama Bin Laden by himself. The semi-scripted project is written by Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph (Draft Day). The film will be produced by Dawn Ostroff and Jeremy Steckler at CnÉ, Emile Gladstone at Emile Gladstone Productions and Endgame Entertainment's James D. Stern. Julie Goldstein and Lucas Smith will be overseeing the project for Endgame. Patrick Newall will serve as executive producer. Principal photography is slated to begin in the first quarter of 2015.
Army of One will »
When he’s not busy posing for potentially unpleasant selfies with random fans, Nic Cage is taking on film job after film job. For every one that wins him praise, though, such as Joe, there’s a Left Behind lurking around the corner to detonate his time in the kudos spotlight. Now he’s taking aim at something that should at least be funny on purpose, signing on for Army Of One.Borat director Larry Charles will forge the based-on-truth film about one Gary Faulkner, a flamboyant Colorado resident who in 2010 decided he was going to be the man to take down Osama Bin Laden, Rambo-style. Armed with a sword he bought from a home shopping network, a pair of night-vision goggles and his fervent belief that he was doing God’s work in tracking down and wiping out one of the most dangerous men on the planet.Obviously, we know he didn’t succeed, »
TWC-Dimension hopes to release the movie based on a GQ article in North America by the end of the year
Nicolas Cage will star as a man who attempted to hunt down Osama Bin Laden all on his own in “Army of One,” a comedy directed by “Borat” filmmaker Larry Charles and being distributed in North America by TWC-Dimension.
TWC-Dimension, a new arm of the Weinstein Company for which both Bob and Harvey Weinstein work together on films with both artistic and commercial appeal, announced the acquisition of the project from Condé Nast Entertainment and Endgame Entertainment on Wednesday.
- Greg Gilman
Nicolas Cage is set to star in Army of One, the bizarre true tale of Gary Faulkner’s mission to single-handedly hunt down Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. Borat‘s Larry Charles is directing the Condé Nast Entertainment and Endgame Entertainment production inspired by a 2010 GQ article about Faulker, the Colorado man who made headlines, and hit the late show circuit, for his quest to take down al Qaeda’s #1. Bob and Harvey Weinstein acquired North American rights to Army of One for their TWC-Dimension label after launching it with the international hit Paddington. Pic is scripted by Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph (Draft Day). Filming will begin in Q1 of this year.
- Jen Yamato
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