Sources tell Variety that the two-time Oscar nominee is in talks to star in Phillips’ “Arms and the Dudes” for Warner Bros.
Jesse Eisenberg and Shia LaBeouf had to depart due to delayed scheduling, and Warners worked fast to find replacements. The studio has offered the co-starring role to Miles Teller to replace LaBeouf.
Based on the Rolling Stone article by Guy Lawson, the story follows two unlikely arms dealers who got a $300 million contract to supply weapons for U.S. allies in Afghanistan. They soon found themselves in danger abroad and in trouble back home because they were completely out of their depth. Jesse Ehrman and Jon Gonda are overseeing for the studio.
The film is the first under the new production banner Phillips formed with his “Hangover” star Bradley Cooper. Cooper will produce along with Mark Gordon, who first acquired the article and brought it to Phillips. Bryan Zuriff is exec producing, with Jason Smilovic penning the script. Phillips and Stephen Chin also penned a version of the script.
Hill was present at the first table read but had to pass at the time because of scheduling. When the production was pushed, it gave the studio an opportunity to circle back to Hill to star.
Hill has had a busy year that included an Oscar nomination for his role in “The Wolf of Wall Street.” The actor was also seen in “22 Jump Street,” which grossed $320 million worldwide.
He is about to start filming the Coen brothers’ pic “Hail Caesar” and can be seen next in the New Regency pic “True Story” alongside James Franco. He is also attached to star in “The Ballad of Richard Jewell.”
He is repped by WME, LBI Entertainment and attorney Karl Austen.