Gooding leads fight in Carter's 'War'


Cuba Gooding Jr. has signed to star in John Carter's action thriller "The Way of War," playing a paramilitary operative who goes on a rampage after discovering a war conspiracy.

Principal photography begins this week in Baton Rouge, La. Richie Salvatore of Two Sticks Prods., Dave Pomier and Scott Schafer will produce from Schafer's script. Nick Thurlow, Jordan Kessler and David Orenstein will executive produce.

"With his intensity and ability to take a character to the edge, the part is tailor-made for Cuba, and we're excited to have him aboard," Thurlow said. "John Carter and Scott Schafer have crafted a political thriller with deep resonance for our times."

"War" was packaged by the Paradigm Motion Picture Finance Group in conjunction with Upload Media and Salvatore/Orenstein Prods. Upload is financing in conjunction with Capital City Entertainment.

Production services will be provided by Baton Rouge-based Louisiana Media Production, which also partnered with Upload on "Mama, I Want to Sing" and "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," set for release through Jeff Clanagan's Codeblack Entertainment.