Paramount Pictures recently closed a deal with actor Tom Hardy, to star in the crime thriller Triple Frontier. The studio is also reportedly about to close a deal with Channing Tatum, and is currently in negotiations with Mahershala Ali, to join the cast.
Ali had a big year in 2016 with appearances in House of Cards, Luke Cage, Moonlight and Hidden Figures. He is presently nominated for an Academy Award (Best Supporting Actor), for his performance in Moonlight, for which he won both the Screen Actors Guild Award and the Golden Globe Award. Little is available about the role he has been offered in Triple Frontier and whether or not it will be a co-starring role alongside Hardy or in a more supporting capacity.
Triple Frontier is a thriller set in dangerous border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil where two important rivers -- The Iguaza and The Parana -- meet. This opens up the possibility that Ali will not be playing an American character and may be afforded the opportunity to really stretch from the roles he is most known for. There is little known at this time about how Hardy of Tatum will fit into the overall structure of the movie.
The film will be directed by J.C. Chandor (A Most Violent Year) -- which won several accolades in its own right -- from a script by Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty), who is no stranger to the Academy Awards himself. It is being produced by Charles Roven (Man of Steel), and Alex Gartner (Warcraft), via Atlas Entertainment. Although nothing is final yet for the actors, the behind-the-camera team behind Triple Frontier is not unimpressive.
Given the recent celebration of Ali's acting chops he would make an excellent addition to Triple Frontier. As an individual performer he is grounded, often standing out amongst a cast for his starkly realistic performances. As a brand, he brings the clout of award-winning performances that span genres -- and it's not for nothing that Hidden Figures is, presently, the highest-grossing Oscar-nominated feature film. He appears poised to be a great asset to Candor's next film.
On the other hand, it is difficult to speculate with the limited information currently available about Triple Frontier. With Ali filming Robert Rodriguez's, Alita: Battle Angel it may be a quick turnaround for him to begin filming Triple Frontier, which also may explain why his deal has not been closed yet. He has yet to lead a feature film of this scale and this could imply that the studio is taking a risk in including him, but he is in a good position to be able to really sink his teeth into Triple Frontier, if indeed he is being looked at for a lead role.
Screen Rant will keep you posted on all developments about Triple Frontier.