After working with James Franco on a handful of films, rising star Scott Haze (“Child of God”) has booked a lead role alongside Miles Teller in DreamWorks’ PTSD drama “Thank You for Your Service,” which will be distributed by Universal, TheWrap has learned.
Haley Bennett and newcomer Beulah Koale co-star in the movie, which marks the directorial debut of “American Sniper” writer Jason Hall. The Oscar-nominated writer also adapted the nonfiction book by David Finkel. Jon Kilik will produce the film, which will be executive produced by Ann Ruark.
“Thank You for Your Service” follows a group of U.S. soldiers who return from Iraq and struggle to integrate back into their civilian lives with their families, as they’re still haunted by the horrific memories of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield.
Teller will play Adam Schumann, a great soldier who leaves Iraq a broken man, and Bennett will play his loyal, supportive wife. Haze and Koale will also play soldiers suffering from PTSD.
Haze drew critical acclaim for his performance in Franco’s “Child of God,” and he’ll next be seen alongside Michael Shannon and Joel Edgerton in Jeff Nichols‘ sci-fi drama “Midnight Special,” which Warner Bros. will release on March 18.
Additionally, Haze recently wrote, directed and produced the documentary “Mully,” which won the Documentary Feature Audience Award at the Austin Film Festival and the Programmer’s Award for Documentary Feature at the Virginia Film Festival.
A frequent James Franco collaborator, the two recently founded Rattlestick West with New York City’s Rattlestick Playwrights Theater founder David Van Asselt, which is currently operating out of Haze’s North Hollywood Sherry Theater. Rattlestick West aims to seek out unique new voices, work with new and emerging playwrights and establish a home where playwrights can work with actors to explore stage projects as well as film and innovative media.
Haze is represented by ICM Partners, Thruline Entertainment and Jackoway Tyerman.