Sam Claflin has been making a tidy little Hollywood career for himself over the last few years, starring in everything from Hunger Games: Catching Fire to Me Before You to Our Finest Hour. What’s next for the British actor? A crime thriller called Semper Fi.
According to Variety, Claflin will star in Semper Fi as a straight-laced Marine Corps sergeant who convinces his brother to own up to a bar brawl that ends with a man dead. After coming back from Iraq to find his brother’s final court appeal rejected, he comes up with a plan to break his brother out of prison.
There’s a lot going on in that premise, and a lot of different directions this story could go in. Will it be a straight-up thriller or more of a heist film? How much will war play a role in the story? Will Semper Fi use PTSD and/or the disillusionment of war as a catalyst for Claflin’s character’s actions. With Claflin on board, we know the film has an actor in its protagonist who can handle a more dramatic, nuanced role.
The Semper Fi script comes from Henry-Alex Rubin (Murderball, Disconnect) and Sean Mullin. The former will also be directing the picture, which is set to film in Vancouver this summer. Cornerstone Films has acquired international rights.
More news as we hear it.