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Jack Huston, Jennifer Aniston Join Iraq War Drama ‘Yellow Birds’

Jack Huston and Jennifer Aniston have come on board the Iraq war drama “The Yellow Birds” with Huston replacing Benedict Cumberbatch in the Cinelou Films project.

The project was first unveiled in May at the Cannes Film Festival. At that point, Cumberbatch, Tye Sheridan and Will Poulter were starring with David Lowery (“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”) directing from his own script.

The pic revolves around two young soldiers — portrayed by Sheridan and Alden Ehrenreich — who are taken under the wing of an older sergeant, played by Huston, as they are deployed to Iraq. Aniston, who will portray the mother of Ehrenreich’s character, starred in Cinelou’s debut project “Cake.”

Alexandre Moors has replaced Lowery as the director. The project is financed by Courtney Solomon and Mark Canton’s Cinelou Films in a partnership with Story Mining and Supply Co.

Story Mining’s CEO-president Jeffrey Sharp (“Boys Don’t Cry”) and president of production Evan Hayes (“Everest”) acquired the rights to the Kevin Powers novel and developed the script. They will produce the film along with Solomon and Canton; Jim Kohlberg will executive produce.

The Yellow Birds” was published in 2012 and was a finalist for the National Book Award. Powers served as a machine gunner with the U.S. Army in Iraq in 2004 and 2005.

Huston will be seen next as the lead in the “Ben-Hur” remake, due out next February.

Huston is repped by UTA, Untitled Entertainment and Artists Partnerships and Aniston is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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