Sources tell Variety that Johnson has landed the last lead role opposite Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne in Linklater’s “Last Flag Flying.”
Amazon Studios is financing and distributing the pic, which is expected to begin production in early 2017. Amazon couldn’t be reached for comment.
The movie is a sequel of sorts to 1973’s “The Last Detail” starring Jack Nicholson and directed by Hal Ashby.
Darryl Ponicsan’s “Last Flag Flying,” published in 2005, is the follow-up to his 1970 novel, which was turned into the movie starring Nicholson, Randy Quaid, and Otis Young. Set during the Iraq War, the more recent book sees the return of the classic characters Billy Bad-Ass, Mule, and Meadows. The former Navy petty officers (played by Nicholson and Young in the original film) come to the aid of an ex-con (then portrayed by Quaid) trying to bring home the body of his son, who was killed in Iraq.
Johnson will play the boy’s best friend who’s responsible for escorting the body. He gets pulled into the plans and comes along for an unexpected journey.
Johnson has stayed busy following “Everybody Wants Some,” recently wrapping production on ABC’s TV movie reboot of “Dirty Dancing” starring Abigail Breslin. He also landed a role in AMC’s “The Son” with Pierce Brosnan.
Johnson is repped by Atlas Artists, Collier Talent Agency, and Gersh.