Alex Garland’s Warfare to be set during 2007 Iraq war

Alex Garland on the set of Annihilation
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Details have emerged regarding Garland’s next film, and it seems the filmmaker will be remaining in the ‘theatre of conflict’ with Warfare.

Early reviews are surfacing for Alex Garland’s Civil War, and according to the buzz, we could be in for something special. ‘Visceral’ is a word that seems to keep popping up, and that’s no surprise given that Garland is a filmmaker who excels at making audiences feel uncomfortable in their own skin. In Civil War, it’s armed conflict between fellow Americans that is set to have audiences squirming in their seats, and according to World of Reel, it’s armed conflict that Garland will be focusing on for his next project, too.

The outlet has revealed lots of details for Garland’s next film, including its title, setting and its leading man. While we learned last month that Garland’s next project with A24 was an untitled war film which he would co-direct, we now have a much clearer idea of what the project looks like. Titled Warfare, the film ‘will be an ensemble drama set in 2007 during the Iraq war. Production on the film is set to begin this coming May.’

According to the report, Charles Melton is set to star in the film, and he’s coming off a widely-respected performance in last year’s May December. The rest of the cast is said to include Will Poulter, Joseph Quinn, Kit Connor, Cosmo Jarvis and D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai.

Charles Mendoza – who will co-direct with Garland – seems to be an expert on war, having produced a couple of documentary series on the subject. Given that Garland announced that he would be stepping back from directing after Civil War, it looks like he’ll actually be pretty busy instead, and we’re keen to see him deal with a charged topic that is grounded in real-world geo-politics, something we haven’t really seen him do before.

We’ll bring you more on this one as we hear it, but in the meantime you can catch the absorbing trailer for Civil War below. The finished film is out in UK cinemas on the 12th April.

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