Tom Cruise’s ‘Mena’ Adds More Cast Members, Gets a Release Date
Tom Cruise is reuniting with his Edge of Tomorrow (no, we will not call it anything else) director Doug Liman for the upcoming ‘80s crime film Mena, which has already begun shooting in Georgia. Several names have joined the cast, including Breaking Bad’s Jesse Plemons and X-Men: First Class star Caleb Landry Jones, as Universal has also formally announced a release date.
Mena is based on the true story of Barry Seal, a pilot and drug-runner for the notorious Medellin cartel, who was recruited by the CIA to assist them in one of the biggest covert operations in U.S. history. Cruise will play the role of Seal, obviously. Although the real-life Seal reportedly weighed about 300 pounds, I highly doubt Tom Cruise — as in, you know, the Tom Cruise — will be gaining any weight for the part.
Domhnall Gleeson was previously announced for the cast of Mena, which now also includes (via THR) Jesse Plemons, Caleb Landry Jones, Jayma Mays, Sarah Wright, Benito Martinez, E. Roger Mitchell and Lola Kirke.
That’s quite a supporting cast for the upcoming film, which director Doug Liman describes as “equal parts satire, suspense and comedy.” It’s always nice to see a more fun version of Tom Cruise on the big screen.
Universal has also officially announced a release date, slating the film for January 6, 2017.