Reiner has been developing the project for several years through his Castle Rock banner. Jorva Entertainment has come on board to finance.
If the deal for Harrelson goes through, “Shock and Awe” would reteam Reiner and Harrelson following their collaboration on Lyndon B. Johnson biopic “LBJ.”
The “Shock and Awe” script, written by “LBJ” screenwriter Joey Hartsone, centers around journalists investigating the assertions by the Bush Administration about Saddam Hussein’s alleged weapons of mass destruction as a pretext for invading Iraq in 2003. The film is scheduled for production later this year.
The term “shock and awe” was employed by U.S. defense officials to describe their plan for invading Iraq.
Jorva partnered with Reiner on his drama “Being Charlie,” which starred Nick Robinson of “Jurassic World” and premiered last year at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Harrelson has appeared recently in The Hunger Games franchise, “Out of the Furnace” and “Triple 9.” He’s attached to star in George Clooney’s “Suburbicon” and will be seen in the upcoming sequel “War for the Planet of the Apes.”
Harrelson is repped by CAA. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.