BREAKING: Eric Bana is in talks to costar in Lone Survivor, the Peter Berg-directed drama that is being financed by Emmett/Furla Films for a September 25 start in New Mexico. Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster are already poised to play the other main roles in the drama centered around four Navy SEALs. Universal Pictures, which developed the movie, will distribute. An adaptation of the book by Marcus Luttrell (Wahlberg), Lone Survivor tells the harrowing story of how Luttrell and his Navy SEAL team members fought to stay alive after being ambushed in Afghanistan in 2005 by Taliban forces during a covert mission in the Hindu Kush mountain region, where the team went to kill a terrorist leader. Film 44 partner Sarah Aubrey, Akiva Goldsman, Barry Spikings are producing with Emmett/Furla’s Randall Emmett and George Furla, and Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson.
I am told Bana will play fallen Navy SEAL hero Erik Christensen. Bana is convincing in these roles, including his Hollywood breakout in the Ridley Scott-directed Black Hawk Down, and in the Steven Spielberg-directed Munich. He most recently completed the John Crowley-directed Closed Circuit for Focus Features, and has Deadfall coming as year’s end. He’s repped by WME and Robert Offer.