'Moonlight' Star Trevante Rhodes to Join Chris Hemsworth in 'Horse Soldiers' (Exclusive)

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The Black Label Media feature project is a true account of a U.S. cavalry charge that took place in Afghanistan against the Taliban being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Films.

Trevante Rhodes has found his first role since breaking out with his starring turn in indie sensation Moonlight.

The actor is in negotiations to join Chris Hemsworth, Michael Pena and Michael Shannon in Horse Soldiers, Jerry Bruckheimer Films/Black Label Media's true account of a U.S. cavalry charge that took place in Afghanistan against the Taliban.

Based on the book by Doug Stanton, the events took place weeks after 9/11, when a team of U.S. Special Forces went to Afghanistan and were to take over the city of Mazar E Sharif. But their modern equipment proved to be worthless in the rugged, harsh Afghan terrain, so with local help, the soldiers retrained to fight using only horses and their personal gear and weapons.

Peter Craig and Ted Tally wrote the script and Nicolai Fuglsig is directing.

Jerry Bruckheimer and his Jerry Bruckheimer Films banner will produce along with Black Label Media’s Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill. Bruckheimer Films' Chad Oman will executive produce. Black Label Media, the company behind the much buzzed-about Ryan Gosling-Emma Stone musical La La Land, also will finance.

In A24's Moonlight, Rhodes plays a young gay man who comes of age in drug-addled Miami. The actor, who plays the oldest version of the main character, received critical acclaim for his work in the Barry Jenkins-helmed movie, which is doing strong business at the box office.

He also stars on the Tyler Perry show If Loving You Is Wrong, which airs on OWN. Rhodes, who also appeared on HBO's Westworld and will be seen Terrence Malick's upcoming film Weightless, is repped by CAA, GSA Entertainment and Jackoway Tyerman.

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