With production officially under way in Georgia, Universal Pictures has confirmed the cast of “Mena,” the suspense-comedy that reunites Tom Cruise with “Edge of Tomorrow” director Doug Liman.
Jesse Plemons (“Breaking Bad,” “Black Mass”), Caleb Landry Jones (“X-Men: First Class”), Benito Martinez (“House of Cards”), Jayma Mays (“Glee”), E. Roger Mitchell (“Selma”), Lola Kirke (“Gone Girl”) and Alejandro Edda (“The Bridge”) have joined Cruise and the previously reported Sarah Wright and Domnhall Gleeson.
Cruise stars as Barry Seal, the real-life hustler, drug smuggler and former TWA pilot unexpectedly recruited by the CIA to run one of the biggest covert operations in American history, which led to the birth of the Medellin cartel and nearly brought down the Reagan White House through the Iran-Contra affair.
“I love stories of improbable heroes working against the system, and Barry Seal took the government, and our country, for an unbelievable ride,” Liman said in a statement. “Interpreting his story has the makings for an entertaining film that is equal parts satire, suspense and comedy — and always surprising.”
“Mena” opens Jan. 6, 2017.
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