Adam Driver’s film career has flourished since breaking out in 2012 on HBO's Girls. Though he’d first carved a reputation in theater, his supporting turn as Hannah’s once aloof, emotionally stunted love interest, Adam Sackler, earned him three consecutive Emmy nominations; he went on to gain worldwide recognition for his role as the villainous Kylo Ren in 2015’s Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens.
He also picked up acclaim for parts in Lincoln (2012), Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), and Midnight Special (2016), though he’s most recently been hailed for his starring performance in the top-rated Paterson, which hit U.S. theaters just before the New Year. In fact, Driver has been pushing more and more to the forefront, ascending from ensemble standout to bona fide leading man.
In addition to his starring parts in the forthcoming The Man Who Killed Don Quixote and Martin Scorsese’s Silence, Driver has now landed a major role in Tough As They Come. Deadline reports that he’ll lead alongside industry legend Sylvester Stallone, who’s set to star and direct. The film is based on Travis Mills’ bestselling 2015 memoir of the same name, which follows his life after three tours in Afghanistan.
While overseas, Mills was caught in an IED blast, and became one of five quadruple amputee survivors from the war. At the heart of the story is his relationship with his father-in-law, Craig Buck, who stood by his side through it all and helped him adjust to his new future. Naturally, Driver will play Mills and Stallone will portray Buck. WME is shopping around the project, though an official deal has yet to be made. Susan Carlson, Eric Carlson and James Keach are slated to produce.
The film seems an especially fitting project for Stallone, who recently turned down a post as chairman for the National Endowment of the Arts according to The New York Times, suggesting he’d be more effective in helping veterans “find gainful employment, suitable housing and financial assistance [those] heroes respectfully deserve.”
Tough As They Come will certainly help shed light on the issues that returning military personnel face, and should prove a moving and meaningful cinematic endeavor. It recalls the success of Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper (2014), though it assumedly unravels a more uplifting narrative. Both Driver and Stallone are talented actors, and it will be powerful to see them bring such an evocative story to life on screen.
No further details have been announced for Tough As They Come at this time.