The popular American novel about the Vietnam War is being adapted for the screen and is starting to sign on a star studded cast.
We all remember the novels we had to read in high school english class like The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Lord of the Flies; all of which have had film adaptations. Now another of the novels required in most American high school is being adapted as well. Tim O’Brien’s novel, The Things They Carried, has begun its casting process.
Deadline confirmed so far that Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road), Pete Davidson (SNL), Stephan James (If Beale Street Could Talk), Bill Skarsgard (It), Tye Sheridan (X-Men: Apocalypse), Ashton Sanders (Moonlight), Martin Sensmeier (The Magnificent Seven), Moises Arias (Monos), and Angus Cloud (Euphoria). The nine actors will portray the men of “Alpha Company” in The Things They Carried.
Rupert Sanders (Snow White And The Huntsman) is set to direct and is being produced by Tom Hardy’s Hardy Son & Baker company alongside MJZ.
“Things They Carried is a timeless tale about the human heart. It’s about fear and courage and friendship. It’s about growing up, about holding oneself together in the face of terrible events…or not holding oneself together at all. It’s about death. And how to live on in the aftermath of death. It’s about the weight of the things we all carry,” said MJZ’s David Zander about the adaptation. “Taught to an entire generation of American high school and university students, The Things They Carried has attained its stature precisely because it’s about so much more than the war. The handful of books that become rites of passage in the American educational system are chosen because they speak to universal questions, and The Things They Carried stands shoulder to shoulder with them. I am so thankful to Tim for entrusting me to bring this important work to the screen.”
It is more of an anthology series than a novel if you break it down. each of the Alpha Company tells a story of an experience in the war. Some of them are very realistic while others explore the soldiers imaginations.