Joining Tom Hardy and Channing Tatum for “a film set in the crime-ridden border zone between three South American countries” is Mahershala Ali, recent star of House Of Cards, Luke Cage, and probably the frontrunner to win the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his excellent performance in Moonlight.
Once the deal is finalised, Ali will round off an exceptionally intriguing cast for Triple Frontier, a project that’s been in development for ten years. The title comes from ‘la triple frontera’, the border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil riddled with organised crime that’s very tricky for law enforcement to control.
J.C. Chandor (A Most Violent Year, All Is Lost) is currently signed on to direct after original director, Kathryn Bigelow, dropped out of the project, which she originally intended to film after The Hurt Locker, to shoot Zero Dark Thirty, instead. Mark Boal, who collaborated with Bigelow on both films, has written the screenplay.
Little else is known about the film at this point, apart from being described as an action-adventure, but then Zero Dark Thirty was likely described similarly and that instead turned out to be a brooding examination of post-9/11 America’s desperate search for closure. Either way, an intriguing cast coupled with an interesting setting gives this project hope. In the meantime, Ali can start making space on his mantelpiece.