By Travis Martin
“Overlord,“ the new World War II drama from producer J.J. Abrams, has found its leads. Variety announced that actors Jovan Adepo and Wyatt Russell will be the leads for the film. The film will center on a group of paratroopers who, on the eve of D-Day in 1944, partake in a mission critical to the invasion of Europe and Operation Overlord’s success. However, they discover the Nazi-occupied village where their target is has something else going on.
Adepo is best known for starring in “Fences“ as Cory, the son of the main character Troy (Denzel Washington). He also has a role in HBO‘s “The Leftovers” as Michael Murphy and will have a role in Darren Aronofsky‘s “Mother!” with Jennifer Lawrence.
Meanwhile Russell, the son of Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn, has had roles in films like “Cowboys & Aliens,” “We Are What We Are,“ and “22 Jump Street.“ It was his role as philosopher-stoner college baseball player Willoughby in Richard Linklater‘s “Everybody Wants Some!!” that has gained attention. He had roles in the “Black Mirror” episode “Playtest,” the comedy “Table 19,” the sequel “Goon: Last of the Enforcers,“ the crime drama “Shimmer Lake,“ and the musical drama “Blaze.“
Julius Avery will direct the picture from a script by Billy Ray and Mark L. Smith. Abrams and Lindsey Weber will produce through their company Bad Robot with Paramount Pictures distributing. “Overlord” will begin shooting in the U.K. sometime in May.