added: Thu, Mar 2nd '17
"X-Men" star Nicholas Hoult is a young American soldier who doesn't think he's cut out for war in the newly-released trailer for the upcoming Netflix film "Sand Castle," which is set in the early days of the second Gulf War.
Inspired by true events, the film, which also stars Henry Cavill (Batman v Superman), Glen Powell (Hidden Figures), Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), and Beau Knapp (The Nice Guys), chronicles the United States-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, but told through the eyes of an inexperienced soldier (Hoult) who begins to feel unsure of himself as he struggles with his military duties.
Slated for an April 21st release, "Sand Castle" is written by Chris Roessner and directed by Brazilian filmmaker Fernando Coimbra, who previously wrote and helmed the 2013 Brazilian thriller "A Wolf at the Door," and most recently, directed two episodes of Netflix's hit crime series "Narcos."
Set in Iraq in 2003, Sand Castle follows a group of American soldiers in the early days of the second Gulf War. Bearing witness to the heat and the horror is the inexperienced Private Matt Ocre (Nicholas Hoult), who, together with several fellow soldiers, is ordered to the outskirts of Baqubah to repair a water pumping station damaged by U.S. bombs. But, as Ocre discovers, in an atmosphere where resentment and anger fester, trying to win the hearts and minds of the locals is a task fraught with danger. It’s here, in the streets, squares and schools that he discovers the true cost of war.
directed by Fernando Coimbra
starring Nicholas Hoult, Henry Cavill, Glen Powell, Logan Marshall-Green, Beau Knapp, Neil Brown Jr., Parker Sawyers, Sam Spruell, Sammy Sheik, Tommy Flanagan
release date April 21, 2017 (on Netflix)