Andrew Garfield to play war correspondent in biopic Black Lion
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Andrew Garfield is headed to the battlefield once again, EW has confirmed.
Two months after scoring his first Oscar nod for leading the cast of Mel Gibson’s WWII drama Hacksaw Ridge, Garfield will again enter dangerous territory, this time playing real-life war correspondent Carlos Mavroleon, a $100 million English/Greek shipping heir who died of a heroin overdose in 1998 in following an illustrious professional life that also included graduating from Harvard, trading on Wall Street, commanding a Mujahideen unit of Afghans against the Russians, and providing bodyguard services to a Pakistani chief.
Titled Black Lion, the Mavroleon biopic will chart Mavroleon’s time in the Middle East. According to Deadline, the film will be framed around his final assignment, which saw him crossing into Afghan territory for a 60 Minutes segment soon after President Clinton’s missile strikes against Osama Bin Laden’s camps. The 1998 strikes countered attacks on American embassies in Tanzania and Kenya. In subsequent days, Mavroleon was found dead in a Peshawar hotel room.
Garfield will also produce alongside Rupert Fowler and Daniela Taplin Lundberg with development backing from the latter’s Stay Gold Features.
Black Lion‘s script will be penned by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Alessandro Camon, whose previous credits include 2009’s The Messenger and 2012’s Bullet to the Head. Camon is set to executive-produce with Mavroleon’s brother, Nicholas, and Aidan Hartley.