Luke Evans is joining Mandy Moore and Woody Harrelson in director Roland Emmerich’s World War II action movie, Midway, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Evans will play Lieutenant Commander C. Wade McClusky, who won a Navy Cross for his role in the battle.
Based on the true story of the Battle of Midway, a turning point in the Pacific theater of World War II, the film chronicles the heroic and harrowing exploits of the soldiers and aviators who achieved the unbelievable to turn the tide of the war.
The script for Midway was written by Wes Tooke. Produced by Emmerich’s Centropolis Entertainment, the film will be produced by Roland Emmerich, Harald Kloser, and Mark Gordon. The film is in pre-production with principal photography to start August 16 in Hawaii and Canada.
Starlight Entertainment Group and Providence Entertainment Limited are financing Midway. U.S. and China theatrical distribution is already set with Lionsgate to release through its Summit Entertainment label stateside and Bona Film Group to release in Greater China.