Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter on the sidelines of the Empire Awards on Sunday, the actor said that he had “signed up” for the film, which was acquired by Netflix at the Berlin Film Festival. Set in 1961, the plot centers on the real-life siege of an Irish UN battalion by 3,000 Congolese troops, led by French and Belgian mercenaries working for mining companies.
“There’s a real fashion at the moment for stories that are based on real-life or inspired by real events,” said Strong, who added that he was also looking at a project about the 1980 Iranian embassy siege in London. While he didn’t confirm, the project could be XYZ Films’ upcoming action-thriller 6 Days, due to go into production later this year and being directed by Toa Fraser.
“I’m going to be playing Max Vernon, the negotiator,” said Strong. Vernon was a chief inspector with the London police during the six-day siege that ended in a deadly 17-minute raid by British special forces.
Strong is currently nominated for an Olivier Award for his performance in A View from the Bridge at London’s Young Vic Theater, and told THR he may be taking the Arthur Miller play to Broadway “later this year.”
“If that works, it’ll be interesting taking a New York-based play back to New York,” he said.
THR broke the news last week that Strong had signed with WME after switching from CAA.
“I went with a chap called George Freeman who I’ve known for 20 years,” he said of the move. “I think because he’s such a good friend, I just wanted to take a different angle, a different direction. Every now and again it doesn’t do any harm to refresh things.”