There has been much said about the hounds of war, yet it seems the swine of the trenches are overdue their moment too. Thus enters War Pigs, a new wartime thriller movie that just picked up former Hollywood bad boys Mel Gibson and Colin Farrell to play the boorish protagonists.
The film is the brainchild of B-movie guru Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters), who will be directing the action from a script written by Nick Ball (Cat Run), as per THR. Sounding like something of a gritty revenger sequel to Kelly’s Heroes, which was about soldiers of the military turned soldiers of fortune, War Pigs focuses on two vets out with a bloodlust for a gang of criminals who killed one of their comrades and then, worse, stole the drug money that was rightfully theirs. No word yet about when it is set, so it’s a good bet that War Pigs takes place in the modern day, with Farrell playing a guy named Drex and Gibson embodying the ominously named “Pastor.” We suspect his idea of church is quite different from the minister he once played in Signs.
The film is set-up at Millennium Films and appears poised to be a down-and-dirty thriller, one that continues Gibson’s big screen rehabilitation after appearing in Daddy’s Home 2 and the forthcoming Dragged Across Concrete. Although his biggest recent success is his own directorial efforts in the World War II drama Hacksaw Ridge from 2016.
This will be Farrell’s first film after two standout indie dramas last year with Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled and Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Although mainstream fans probably best remember him as who they wished was still playing the villain of the Fantastic Beasts films after Farrell was magically transformed into Johnny Depp in the 2016 original movie.
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Also keep an eye out for Gibson’s next directorial effort, The Destroyer, another WWII drama, albeit this one will be at sea…