Sunset Pictures/Black Bear Studios
Joey Nolfi
July 11, 2017 at 12:19 PM EDT

After years of publicly questioning the events leading up to the terrorist hijackings of four American airliners on Sept. 11, 2001, Charlie Sheen will star in a dramatic interpretation of that fateful day.

Atlas Distribution announced Tuesday it has set 9/11 for a wide theatrical bow on Sept. 8, 2017 — just three days shy of the 16th anniversary of the attacks. Based on Patrick Carson’s stage play Elevator, the film recreates actual events adapted from voicemail messages left by victims. The story follows five people trapped in an elevator inside the World Trade Center’s North Tower. The group works together to find hope amid seemingly inescapable circumstances.

Sheen leads the film’s cast, which also includes Oscar-winning actress Whoopi Goldberg, Luis Guzman (The Taking of Pelham 123), Gina Gershon (Showgirls), Wood Harris (Justified), Jacqueline Bisset (Dancing on the Edge), Olga Fonda (The Vampire Diaries), and Bruce Davison (The Fosters).

Fox Home Entertainment will distribute 9/11, directed by Martin Guigui (My X-Girlfriend’s Wedding Reception), on VOD, Digital HD, and DVD, at a later date.

“9/11 is an inspiring story told with the sincerest of intent, and we’re very proud to help usher in Charlie Sheen’s return to dramatic roles,” Atlas head Harmon Kaslow said in a statement. Guigui added: “Like the play upon which 9/11 was based, the movie gives us an opportunity to take a glimpse into the experiences of a few who actually lived the event.”

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