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Kandahar (2023 film)

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Kandahar
Directed byRic Roman Waugh
Written byMitchell LaFortune[2]
Produced by
Starring
CinematographyMacGregor
Production
companies
Distributed byOpen Road Films
Release date
  • May 26, 2023 (2023-05-26)[1]
Countries
  • United States
  • Saudi Arabia
LanguageEnglish

Kandahar is an upcoming American action thriller film directed by Ric Roman Waugh, written by Mitchell LaFortune, and produced by Gerard Butler, who also stars in the film alongside Ali Fazal.

The film is scheduled to be released in theaters on May 26, 2023, by Open Road Films.

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Ric Roman Waugh

Ric Roman Waugh

Ric Roman Waugh is an American film director, writer, producer, actor, and former stuntman. He is known for his work in Felon (2008), Snitch (2013), and Shot Caller (2017). He wrote and directed Angel Has Fallen (2019), the third installment in the Has Fallen series and will write and direct Night Has Fallen, the fourth installment in the Has Fallen series.

Gerard Butler

Gerard Butler

Gerard James Butler is a Scottish actor and film producer. After studying law, he turned to acting in the mid-1990s with small roles in productions such as Mrs Brown (1997), the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), and Tale of the Mummy (1998). In 2000, he starred as Count Dracula in the gothic horror film Dracula 2000 with Christopher Plummer and Jonny Lee Miller.

Ali Fazal

Ali Fazal

Ali Fazal is an Indian actor and model who primarily appears in Hindi films. He made his screen debut with a small role in the English language film The Other End of the Line before appearing in the American television miniseries Bollywood Hero. He was seen in films like Always Kabhi Kabhi (2011), Baat Ban Gayi (2013) and Bobby Jasoos (2014). His first success came in Fukrey (2013) and Sonali Cable (2014).

Open Road Films

Open Road Films

Open Road Films, LLC is an American film production and distribution company based in Los Angeles, California. It was founded by Eric Hohl on March 26, 2011 as a joint venture between the two largest American theatrical exhibitors, AMC Theatres and Regal Entertainment Group, which both owned the company until it was bought out by Tang Media Partners, a media company owned by Donald Tang, in August 2017. After Tang's purchase, both companies Open Road and IM Global merged and formed "Global Road Entertainment". In September 2018, Open Road declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The bankruptcy did not affect TMP, IM Global or IM Global TV. On November 6, 2018, Open Road agreed to be purchased by Raven Capital Management. Raven completed its acquisition in February 2019.

Plot

Tom Harris, an undercover CIA operative, is stuck deep in hostile territory in Afghanistan. When an intelligence leak exposes his identity and mission, he must fight his way out, alongside his Afghan translator, to an extraction point in Kandahar, all whilst avoiding the elite special forces tasked with hunting them down.

Cast

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Gerard Butler

Gerard Butler

Gerard James Butler is a Scottish actor and film producer. After studying law, he turned to acting in the mid-1990s with small roles in productions such as Mrs Brown (1997), the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), and Tale of the Mummy (1998). In 2000, he starred as Count Dracula in the gothic horror film Dracula 2000 with Christopher Plummer and Jonny Lee Miller.

Olivia-Mai Barrett

Olivia-Mai Barrett

Olivia-Mai Barrett is an English actress, singer and dancer from London, UK. Having trained at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, she has gone on to feature in commercials (for companies such as Amazon and VO5), music videos, theatre and film and is most notable for her role of Penny in Penny on M.A.R.S. and Alex & Co. on the Disney Channel.

Ali Fazal

Ali Fazal

Ali Fazal is an Indian actor and model who primarily appears in Hindi films. He made his screen debut with a small role in the English language film The Other End of the Line before appearing in the American television miniseries Bollywood Hero. He was seen in films like Always Kabhi Kabhi (2011), Baat Ban Gayi (2013) and Bobby Jasoos (2014). His first success came in Fukrey (2013) and Sonali Cable (2014).

Navid Negahban

Navid Negahban

Navid Negahban is an Iranian-American actor. He has appeared on 24, Homeland, Mistresses and as Amahl Farouk / Shadow King in the second and third seasons of FX's Legion. He has also starred as The Sultan in the live-action remake of Aladdin.

Nina Toussaint-White

Nina Toussaint-White

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Travis Fimmel

Travis Fimmel

Travis Fimmel is an Australian actor and former model. He is known for his role as Ragnar Lothbrok in the History Channel television series Vikings (2013–2017), and as Anduin Lothar in the live-action adaptation of Warcraft (2016). He also starred in the HBO Max science fiction series Raised by Wolves (2020–2022).

Production

In June 2016, former military intelligence officer Mitchell LaFortune sold his spec script Burn Run to Thunder Road Films. He based it on his experiences working for the Defense Intelligence Agency and being deployed to Afghanistan in 2013 during the Snowden leaks.[4][5] In June 2020, it was announced Gerard Butler would star in the film, which had been retitled Kandahar, reteaming with Angel Has Fallen director Ric Roman Waugh.[5][6]

Ali Fazal and Navid Negahban joined the cast in December 2021. Filming commenced on December 2, 2021 in Saudi Arabia. This made the film the first big-budget U.S. feature to shoot in the country's Al-'Ula region.[7] Nina Toussaint-White and Bahador Foladi joined the cast later that same month.[8] Filming wrapped in January 2022.[9]

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Spec script

Spec script

A spec script, also known as a speculative screenplay, is a non-commissioned and unsolicited screenplay. It is usually written by a screenwriter who hopes to have the script optioned and eventually purchased by a producer, production company, or studio.

Thunder Road Films

Thunder Road Films

Thunder Road Films is a film and television financing and production company founded by Basil Iwanyk. It is based in Santa Monica, California.

Defense Intelligence Agency

Defense Intelligence Agency

The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) is an intelligence agency and combat support agency of the United States Department of Defense, specializing in defense and military intelligence.

Global surveillance disclosures (2013–present)

Global surveillance disclosures (2013–present)

Ongoing news reports in the international media have revealed operational details about the Anglophone cryptographic agencies' global surveillance of both foreign and domestic nationals. The reports mostly emanate from a cache of top secret documents leaked by ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden, which he obtained whilst working for Booz Allen Hamilton, one of the largest contractors for defense and intelligence in the United States. In addition to a trove of U.S. federal documents, Snowden's cache reportedly contains thousands of Australian, British, Canadian and New Zealand intelligence files that he had accessed via the exclusive "Five Eyes" network. In June 2013, the first of Snowden's documents were published simultaneously by The Washington Post and The Guardian, attracting considerable public attention. The disclosure continued throughout 2013, and a small portion of the estimated full cache of documents was later published by other media outlets worldwide, most notably The New York Times, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Der Spiegel (Germany), O Globo (Brazil), Le Monde (France), L'espresso (Italy), NRC Handelsblad, Dagbladet (Norway), El País (Spain), and Sveriges Television (Sweden).

Gerard Butler

Gerard Butler

Gerard James Butler is a Scottish actor and film producer. After studying law, he turned to acting in the mid-1990s with small roles in productions such as Mrs Brown (1997), the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), and Tale of the Mummy (1998). In 2000, he starred as Count Dracula in the gothic horror film Dracula 2000 with Christopher Plummer and Jonny Lee Miller.

Angel Has Fallen

Angel Has Fallen

Angel Has Fallen is a 2019 American action thriller film directed by Ric Roman Waugh. It is the third installment in the Has Fallen film series, following Olympus Has Fallen (2013) and London Has Fallen (2016). The film stars Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lance Reddick, Tim Blake Nelson, Piper Perabo, Nick Nolte, and Danny Huston. The plot again follows United States Secret Service agent Mike Banning as he races against time to clear his name after being framed for a drone attack on the President of the United States, Allan Trumbull.

Ric Roman Waugh

Ric Roman Waugh

Ric Roman Waugh is an American film director, writer, producer, actor, and former stuntman. He is known for his work in Felon (2008), Snitch (2013), and Shot Caller (2017). He wrote and directed Angel Has Fallen (2019), the third installment in the Has Fallen series and will write and direct Night Has Fallen, the fourth installment in the Has Fallen series.

Ali Fazal

Ali Fazal

Ali Fazal is an Indian actor and model who primarily appears in Hindi films. He made his screen debut with a small role in the English language film The Other End of the Line before appearing in the American television miniseries Bollywood Hero. He was seen in films like Always Kabhi Kabhi (2011), Baat Ban Gayi (2013) and Bobby Jasoos (2014). His first success came in Fukrey (2013) and Sonali Cable (2014).

Navid Negahban

Navid Negahban

Navid Negahban is an Iranian-American actor. He has appeared on 24, Homeland, Mistresses and as Amahl Farouk / Shadow King in the second and third seasons of FX's Legion. He has also starred as The Sultan in the live-action remake of Aladdin.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia officially the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), is a country in Western Asia. It covers the bulk of the Arabian Peninsula, and has a land area of about 2,150,000 km2 (830,000 sq mi), making it the fifth-largest country in Asia, the second-largest in the Arab world, and the largest in Western Asia and the Middle East. It is bordered by the Red Sea to the west; Jordan, Iraq, and Kuwait to the north; the Persian Gulf, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates to the east; Oman to the southeast; and Yemen to the south. Bahrain is an island country off the east coast. The Gulf of Aqaba in the northwest separates Saudi Arabia from Egypt. Saudi Arabia is the only country with a coastline along both the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf, and most of its terrain consists of arid desert, lowland, steppe, and mountains. Its capital and largest city is Riyadh. The country is home to Mecca and Medina, the two holiest cities in Islam.

Al-'Ula

Al-'Ula

Al-'Ula, sometimes stylized in English as AlUla, is an ancient Arabic oasis city located in Medina province of northwestern Saudi Arabia. Situated in the Hejaz, a region that features prominently in the history of Islam as well as several pre-Islamic Semitic civilizations, Al-'Ula was a market city on the historic incense route that linked India and the Gulf to the Levant and Europe.

Nina Toussaint-White

Nina Toussaint-White

Nina Toussaint-White is an English actress who has acted in Casualty, The Bill, and EastEnders.

Release

In September 2022, Open Road Films acquired the film's U.S. distribution rights in an eight-figure deal.[3] In January 2023, it was announced that the film would be released in theaters on May 26, 2023.[1]

Source: "Kandahar (2023 film)", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, January 30th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kandahar_(2023_film).

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References
  1. ^ a b D'Alessandro, Anthony (January 25, 2023). "Open Road's Gerard Butler Pic 'Kandahar' Sets Memorial Day Weekend Release". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 25, 2023.
  2. ^ "Kandahar". Writers Guild of America West. October 7, 2022. Retrieved January 25, 2023.
  3. ^ a b Wiseman, Andreas (September 21, 2022). "Open Road Lands U.S. Rights To Gerard Butler Action Pic 'Kandahar' In Eight-Figure Deal". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 21, 2022.
  4. ^ Busch, Anita (June 6, 2016). "'Burn Run' From Former Intelligence Officer Sells To Thunder Road Pictures". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 30, 2023.
  5. ^ a b Wiseman, Andreas (June 22, 2020). "Gerard Butler Re-Teams With 'Angel Has Fallen' Director Ric Roman Waugh For Thunder Road Action Pic 'Kandahar' — Cannes". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 3, 2022.
  6. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (July 31, 2020). "Mitchell LaFortune, Scribe Of Gerard Butler's 'Kandahar', Signs With APA". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 30, 2023.
  7. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (December 2, 2021). "Gerard Butler Action Movie 'Kandahar' Begins Filming In Saudi Arabia; Ali Fazal & Navid Negahban Join Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 3, 2022.
  8. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (December 2, 2021). "'Kandahar': Gerard Butler Action Pic Adds Nina Toussaint-White & Bahador Foladi". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 3, 2022.
  9. ^ Lodderhose, Diana (February 8, 2022). "Kandahar: Capstone's Christian Mercuri Talks Shooting Gerard Butler Actioner In Saudi Arabia, Plus Behind The Scenes Photos". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 14, 2022.
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