ELKHART NATIVE film . Sheridan joins Stephen James , Bill Skarsgard , Pete Davidson , Martin Sensmeier , Moises Arias , Angus Cloud and Ashton Sanders to play the men of Alpha Company who will take turns in the spotlight of each story .
O ’ Brien , a Pulitzer Prize-finalist , served in Vietnam in the late 1960s . This is his third book about the war and loosely based on his experiences as a soldier in the 23rd Infantry Division . Many of the characters are semi-autobiographical , sharing similarities with figures from his memoir “ If I Die in a Combat Zone , Box Me Up and Ship Me Home .” The book contains 21 short stories which focus on the various pains of war . It is still unknown as to which short stories from the collection will be used for the movie .
Hardy is producing the film with Dean Baker . They hope to begin shooting in 2021 in Thailand . In a joint statement , Hardy and Baker said , “ Tim O ’ Brien ’ s ‘ The Things they Carried ’ is his seminal masterwork – a raw , unflinching and emotionally truthful literary experience filtered through a kaleidoscope of memory that ’ s impossible not to be profoundly moved by .
“ We are all deeply passionate about and honored to have the good fortune of working alongside Tim in bringing his vital classic to screen – and together with our incredible cast , Rupert , Scott and David – we look forward to creating what we feel will be an important film .” Rupert added , “‘ The Things they Carried ’ is a beautifully crafted work and one of the most viscerally evocative books I have ever read .
“ For me , it transcends its subject of young men at war and explores the landscape of deep human emotions that reside within us . We live in such turbulent times , and the themes of love , fear and mortality that Tim explored 30 years ago still resonate today , maybe even more powerfully .
“ I am so excited about the cast we have put together – we have not seen this many young stars from different backgrounds sharing the screen since the days of ‘ Platoon ’ and ‘ The Outsiders .’”
“ The Things They Carried ” won the 1990 National Book Critics Circle Award and was named as a New York Times Book of the Century . It is now a staple of assigned reading in American high schools .
Sheridan , the son of Stephanie and Bryan Sheridan of Elkhart , has become one of the industry ’ s most-in-demand actors .
Starting as a child actor , Sheridan was cast in his breakout role in Terrence Malick ’ s movie “ The Tree of Life ” ( 2011 ). The film won the 2011 Palme d ’ Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the 2011 Gotham Award for Best Picture , in addition to three Academy Award nominations .
Sheridan won the 2013 Marcello Mastroianni Award at the Venice Film Festival for his captivating performance in the Southern drama , “ Joe ” ( 2013 ), opposite Nicolas Cage .
That same year , he was recognized by numerous film critics for his starring role in Jeff Nichol ’ s coming-of-age drama “ Mud ” ( 2012 ), opposite Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon .
He received a 2014 Critics ’ Choice nomination for Best Young Actor ; the cast was honored with the 2014 Robert Altman Award at the Independent Spirit Awards .
His acting credits for 2014 also include “ The Forger ” and a recurring role as Justin in the television series , “ Last Man Standing .” In 2015 , he starred in “ Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse ”; “ Dark Places ” with Charl ize Theron ; and the indie film , “ The Stanford Prison Experiment .”
In 2016 , Sheridan was featured in the major blockbuster “ X-Men : Apocalypse ,” as a young Scott Summers , aka Cyclops . He followed up with the Jennifer Aniston film , “ The Yellow Bird .”
Sheridan was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame , with the Rising Star Award , in Austin in March of 2017 .
In 2018 , Sheridan earned his first big screen feature role in Steven Spielberg ’ s dystopian sci-fi film , “ Ready Player One .” In the film , Sheridan plays the protagonist , Wade Watts , opposite Olivia Cooke and Ben Mendelsohn , who will play Nolan Sorrento .
Based on the 2011 bestselling novel “ Ready Player One ” by Ernest Cline , this movie , set in dystopian 2044 , follows Wade Watts , a
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