Cast in Stone: Harrelson to UA's 'Pinkville'
EmptyWoody Harrelson is reteaming with Oliver Stone in the director's Vietnam War drama "Pinkville" for United Artists.
Harrelson joins Bruce Willis and Channing Tatum, who already have been cast in the mystery drama based on the infamous 1968 My Lai Massacre, in which upward of 500 people — mostly women, children and the elderly — were killed by U.S. soldiers. The massacre ended up being a turning point in the war.
Harrelson will play Col. Henderson, the conflicted officer in charge of the task force that committed the massacre.
Mikko Alanne wrote the script. Production is set to begin next year, with MGM distributing.
Willis will portray William R. Peers, the real-life Army general who investigated the incident. Tatum will play Hugh Thompson Jr., an Army helicopter pilot who aided the villagers and later testified against the soldiers.
Michael Pena, who appeared in Stone's "World Trade Center" and plays an Army Ranger in Afghanistan in Robert Redford's "Lions for Lambs," also has been cast.
Stone is no stranger to films set against the backdrop of Vietnam. "Pinkville" — the title refers to a military description on the My Lai region — accompanies the director's "Platoon," "Born on the Fourth of July" and "Heaven and Earth," all of which centered on the war.
Harrelson starred in Stone's "Natural Born Killers." His more recent credits include "A Prairie Home Companion" and "The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio." He is repped by CAA, Tracy Harshman and attorney Steve Burkow.