The Donnie Darko actor will portray late war hero John Chapman in the new movie based on true events.
Combat Control is based on the New York Times bestseller, Alone At Dawn, by authors Dan Schilling and Lori Chapman Longfritz.
Chapman, an Air Force Combat Control Technician (CCT), died in battle in Afghanistan in 2002 after sacrificing his own life for the safety of his team during a rescue mission.
However, his bravery was only uncovered 15 years after his death after the mission was investigated and the true story revealed by Air Force Captain Cora Alexander.
This led to his posthumous promotion to the rank of Master Sergeant and his inclusion into the Hall of Heroes.
Deadline reports that Gyllenhaal will star and executive produce Combat Control, with Hargrave directing. Formerly a Marvel Studios stuntman and second unit director, Hargrave broke out in a big way in 2019 when his debut feature directing effort, Extraction, became Netflix’s most-watched movie.
The synopsis for Combat Control reads –
“Combat Control will be based on the true story of Air Force CCT Chapman, who died in battle on March 4, 2002 in Afghanistan. Following his death, no one imagined it would take over a decade for the truth of what really happened on that snowy mountainside to emerge. Fifteen years later, Air Force Captain Cora Alexander is tasked with the nearly impossible job of investigating whether Chapman is a worthy recipient of the medal, despite no eyewitnesses to his actions and the top-secret world surrounding clandestine operations. Alexander has to uncover the truth, and in revealing Chapman’s sacrifice to the world, she forges her own path to self-forgiveness and personal redemption.”
Michael Russell Gunn has penned the screenplay of the film that will follow the story of Chapman and Schilling, who also worked as a CCT like Chapman, will serve as a military consultant on the film.