John Boyega, Felicity Jones, Jack Reynor, Jodie Turner-Smith Unite for Thriller 'Borderland'

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The Guard brothers will direct the film, which follows an Irish paramilitary trooper seeking vengeance after the killing of his wife at the hands of British armed forces.

Star Wars alum and BAFTA winner John Boyega is set to star alongside Jack Reynor (Midsommer), Jodie Turner-Smith (Queen & Slim) and BAFTA and Oscar nominee Felicity Jones (Star Wars: Rogue One, The Theory of Everything) in the high-octane thriller Borderland

The Guard brothers (The Uninvited) will direct, while Chris Coen (The Childhood of a Leader), Rebecca Brown and Rocket Science will produce the film, with Jones as executive producer. Piecrust Productions will also produce. The film will shoot on location in the U.K. in early 2021. Rocket Science is arranging the financing and handling international sales. Endeavor Content are co-repping the domestic rights.

Borderland follows Irish paramilitary Michael (Reynor), who after a border ambush goes wrong witnesses the shooting of his pregnant wife at the hands of SAS sergeant Tempest (Boyega). When Tempest is sent back to London to lead a covert counter-terrorist operation, Michael joins a ruthless active service unit wreaking havoc in the capitol. For Michael, the mission is personal — to hunt down Tempest — and he'll stop at nothing to avenge his wife's death.

The Guard brothers and BAFTA and IFTA nominee Ronan Bennett (Top Boy, Gunpowder) co-wrote Borderland, which was inspired by the book The Road to Balcombe Street by Steven S. Moysey. Erik Wilson (Paddington 2, Dream Horse) will serve as director of photography.

"Borderland is a vengeance-fuelled chase movie, fusing some pulse-ticking action with a powerful message for our times," said the Guard brothers in a statement. "We're thrilled that the script, driven as much by character as it is by plot, has attracted such a first-rate cast."