EXCLUSIVE: Ramon Rodriguez has landed the male lead role of Cpl. Matt Morales opposite Kate Mara in the Iraq War hero film Megan LeaveyThe film directed by Blackfish helmer Gabriela Cowperthwaite follows female Marine Leavey (Mara) who turns her life around by enlisting in the K9 unit. She is teamed with an aggressive combat dog named Rex and they’re deployed to Iraq as an elite bomb-sniffing team.

Rodriguez’s character Morales is another dog handler who is assigned to Megan’s unit in Fallujah, and the two have an up-and-down relationship together throughout their missions.

Pamela Gray penned Megan Leavey, and the pic is produced by Mickey Liddell (The Grey), Jennifer Monroe (Disconnect), and Pete Shilaimon (Anthropoid) on behalf of LD Entertainment. UTA is managing North American sales. Edie Falco recently was cast as Jackie Leavey, Megan’s mother.

Rodriguez has an impressive list of credits including Fox’s summer cop series Gang Related as rising gang task force Detective Ryan Lopez, in addition to Need For Speed, Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen and The Taking Of Pelham 1 2 3. The actor recently completed filming Cinelou’s Burn Your Maps alongside Vera Farmiga, Virginia Madsen and Jacob Tremblay.

Rodriguez is repped by UTA and Silver Lining Entertainment.