Magazine article Screen International

'Fantastic Four' Star Kate Mara to Play War Hero Megan Leavey

Magazine article Screen International

'Fantastic Four' Star Kate Mara to Play War Hero Megan Leavey

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Kate Mara (Fantastic Four) has signed on to star in Megan Leavey, director Gabriela Cowperthwaite's film about a real-life war hero and her military combat dog Rex who, together, saved countless lives searching for roadside bombs during two tours in Iraq from 2004 to 2006.

Cowperthwaite will follow up to her universally acclaimed documentary Blackfish, which explored an incident surrounding the death of a SeaWorld trainer who was killed by an orca in 2010.

She will direct from a script written by Pamela Gray (Conviction) with additional material by Annie Mumolo (Joy), Tim Lovestedt (Groundlings), and Jordan Roberts (Big Hero 6).

Producers are Mickey Liddell (The Grey), Jennifer Monroe (Disconnect) and Pete Shilaimon (Anthropoid) on behalf of LD Entertainment.

UTA will be manage sales for North America.

The film is based on the true story of Megan Leavey, a young Marine who turned her life around by enlisting in the K9 unit. There, she was teamed with an aggressive combat dog named Rex. The pair formed a special bond and was deployed to Iraq as an elite bomb sniffing team. Together they served two tours of duty and completed more than 100 missions. …

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