John Boyega, Jack Reynor, Felicity Jones and Queen & Slim breakout Jodie Turner-Smith are set to star in the indie thriller Borderland, Collider has confirmed.
Tom and Charlie Guard, aka the Guard brothers, will direct from a script they co-wrote with Ronan Bennett (Public Enemies), based on the novel The Road to Balcombe Street by Steven S. Moysey. Chris Coen and Rebecca Brown will produce the film, while Jones will executive produce under her Piecrust Productions banner. She is also married to Charlie Guard, which may explain why she’d be willing to take on a smaller-than-usual role in Borderland.
Reynor will play Michael, an Irish paramilitary soldier whose pregnant wife is killed by an SAS sergeant named Tempest (Boyega) when a border ambush goes wrong. Michael makes it his personal mission to hunt down Tempest and avenge his wife’s death.
“Borderland is a vengeance-fueled chase movie, fusing some pulse-ticking action with a powerful message for our times. We’re thrilled that the script, driven as much by character as it is by plot, has attracted such a first-rate cast,” the Guard brothers said in a joint statement.
Borderland is expected to shoot in the U.K. early next year. It will be the Guard brothers’ first film since their 2009 debut feature The Uninvited grossed $50 million worldwide.
Reynor recently starred in Ari Aster‘s Midsommar, and will soon be seen alongside Tom Holland in the Russo brothers‘ crime movie Cherry. Boyega has his own crime movie, Naked Singularity, in post-production, and he has also wrapped a new project from director Steve McQueen.
Turner-Smith next stars opposite Michael B. Jordan in Without Remorse, and she also shares the screen with Colin Farrell in A24’s sci-fi drama After Yang. Meanwhile, Jones next stars opposite George Clooney in the director’s Netflix drama The Midnight Sky, and she has also wrapped Last Letter from Your Lover, which pairs her with Shailene Woodley, Callum Turner and Joe Alwyn.
Deadline broke the Borderland news. For more on Boyega’s recent activism, click here.