Saturday 22 July 2017

Butler teams up with Ridley Scott?

Gerard Butler is being lined up to take the role of Army officer-turned-mercenary Simon Mann
Gerard Butler is being lined up to take the role of Army officer-turned-mercenary Simon Mann

Gerard Butler could be collaborating with Ridley Scott for a political thriller.

The Machine Gun Preacher star is set to portray Simon Mann in the as-yet-untitled film, based on Mann's real-life exploits, which the British filmmaker is attached to direct and produce, reported Deadline.

The former British Army officer-turned-mercenary was arrested in Zimbabwe in 2004 with 69 others on charges of plotting a coup d'etat in Equatorial Guinea, and was later convicted and sentenced before being pardoned on humanitarian grounds in 2009 - after implicating Mark Thatcher in the plot.

Simon and his wife Amanda have given their approval for the project, and chose former spy Robert Edwards to write the script.

Ridley, who is currently busy with the Alien spin-off Prometheus starring Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender, has been linked to a number of films including political drama Reykjavik to the adaptation of board game Monopoly. He has also spoken of making a Blade Runner prequel, Soviet-era thriller Child 44 and fashion drama Gucci about the late couture designer.

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