Woody Harrelson Eyeing Role in Iraq War Film ‘Shock and Awe’


Woody Harrelson is in talks to star in Rob Reiner‘s Iraq War film “Shock and Awe.” Harrelson, along with “Shock and Awe” writer Joey Hartstone, previously teamed with Reiner on “LBJ,” which is slated for release later this year.

Deadline first reported the casting news. The outlet describes the film, which has been in development for many years, as the following:

“[P]olitically charged Shock And Awe centers on a group of journalists who asked the tough questions about Saddam Hussein’s alleged weapons of mass destruction, the official reason given by the Bush administration for the invasion of Iraq. As last week’s devastating Chilcott Report in the UK revealed, however, there were huge intelligence failures on behalf of both the U.S. and UK governments when selling the proposition of the necessity of war to their respective publics in 2003.”

The film is expected to go into production this year, but an estimated release date has not been set. The title of the film comes from the term used by U.S. defense officials to describe the plan for invading Iraq.

“Shock and Awe” makes another buzzy film for Harrelson, who in recent years has appeared in everything from big budget actioners (“The Hunger Games” franchise) to more dramatic fare such as “LBJ” and “Out of the Furnace.”

He currently has George Clooney’s “Suburbicon,” Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” “War for the Planet of the Apes,” “The Edge of Seventeen,” “Wilson,” “LBJ,” and “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson in various stages of development.