Deadline is reporting that Matthias Schoenaerts has signed up to star in bomb disposal thriller Wildlands, which is being produced by Tom Hardy and Dean Baker of Hardy Son & Baker.
Inspired by Kim Mordaunt’s ten-year relationship with the bomb disposal world in Asia and Africa, Matthias Schoenaerts (whose recent credits include The Mustang and The Old Guard) will star as jaded bomb disposal specialist with a penchant for recklessness Richard Thomas, who is dismissed from UN forces following a failed mission in Afghanistan, but gets a final shot at redemption when he’s sent to Angola, Africa – one of the most heavily mined lands in the world. There, his unexpected new team includes ten spirited Angolan women and their bomb-sniffing African Pouched Rats. Soon, he comes under pressure to make a remote village safe for civilians, but also finds love.
Kim Mordaunt released a statement saying:
In our divided times, Wildlands is a story that taps deeply into the zeitgeist; now more than ever we need stories that show men and women, black and white, nature and technology, working together and moving forward. The riveting Matthias Schoenaerts, alongside ten bold and dynamic women and their whimsical rats, are going to light up the screen.
The film is based on the screenplay by Mordaunt and John Collee, with the project being developed by Red Lamp Films with the assistance of Screen Australia. Hardy Son & Baker will be producing alongside Mordaunt’s producing partner Sylvia Wilczynski through Red Lamp Films, and the film will be shot in Africa.
HanWay Films will be handling international sales at the upcoming Cannes virtual market.