Charles Melton To Star In Untitled War Film Co-Directed By Alex Garland

Perhaps Alex Garland had a change of heart about retiring from directing after his upcoming film, Civil War? Because he’s suddenly very busy, working with Danny Boyle on the long-awaited 28 Years Later, and now Deadline reports Garland has signed on to co-direct a new project that has a popular leading man already aboard.

May December star Charles Melton is set to star in an untitled war film co-written and co-directed by Alex Garland and Ray Mendoza. Garland and Mendoza most recently worked together on Civil War, where the latter served as military supervisor. A24 is backing the project and will eventually release it.

Melton is on fire right now after his supporting role in May December opposite Julianne Moore and Natalie Portman. He arguably stole the movie from them both, with many thinking he should’ve been nominated for an Oscar.  For his performance, he earned a Golden Globe nomination and won many regional critics awards. The Riverdale actor could’ve chosen just about anything he wanted, and he decided that working with Garland was the right move.

As for Garland, we’ll see where this takes him. After directing Ex Machina, Annihilation, and the FX series Devs, Garland’s star seemed to be on the rise. It’s his experience on Men, which was bruised pretty badly critically and at the box office, that appears to have changed him. Civil War looks amazing and like the most easily accessible to mainstream audiences. We’ll see how it does when it opens on April 12th.

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