Story Of The Men Of Alpha Company
Rupert Sanders is set to direct The Things They Carried, which is based on Tim O’Brien’s 1990 book and will star Tom Hardy and Bill Skarsgard.
O’Brien’s adaptation has drafted an impressive cast consisting of Tye Sheridan, Hardy, Stephan James, Skarsgard, Pete Davidson, Ashton Sanders, Martin Sensmeier, Moises Arias, and Angus Cloud. According to Deadline, the casting process isn’t over yet, so there are more names to come.
The book was a collection of short stories that centred on a platoon of soldiers on the front line of the war. That being the case, there is said to be no real lead in the adaptation.
A synopsis has been released, which reads –
“‘The Things They Carried‘ tells the story of the young men of Alpha Company, a platoon of American soldiers sent to fight on the ground during the Vietnam War. Trekking from village to village amidst chaos and confusion, the young men struggle to navigate a growing labyrinth of physical, mental, and emotional terrains as they battle for the survival of their sanity, innocence, and each other. Driven by the same imaginative instinct for storytelling that made O’Brien’s groundbreaking work a beloved classic, “The Things They Carried” is a powerful and moving meditation on fear and courage, guilt and loss, grief and longing, redemption and love, and the profound weight of the things we must all carry through our lives.”
The Things They Carried will be produced by Tom Hardy’s Hardy Son & Baker, along with Dean Baker. David Zander (Spring Breakers) is also producing, which Amy T. Hu serves as executive producer. Published in 1990, The Things They Carried blends fact and fiction based on author O’Brien’s experiences as a soldier in the 23rd Infantry Division during the Vietnam War.
Hardy, meanwhile, remains quite busy. Aside from this, he is reprising his role as Eddie Brock in next year’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage and is in pre-production for the second series of Taboo. There’s also that little rumour floating about that he will be announced as the next 007.