Alexander Ludwig, best known for his role as Cato in The Hunger Games, has now joined Peter Berg’s Lone Survivor as a Navy SEAL soldier named Shane Patton.
Patton was deployed to Afghanistan in early 2005 for Operation Enduring Freedom and was originally part of Marcus Luttrell’s four-man SEAL team, but was replaced at the last minute by Danny Dietz; he was later on board an MH-47 helicopter as part of a second team sent in to rescue the first, but the chopper was shot down, resulting in the deaths of all 16 men on board.
Berg’s adaptation of Luttrell’s Navy SEAL bestselling book, ‘Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of Seal Team 10’ already includes Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch and Eric Bana.
The Lone Survivor film is scheduled to begin shooting on September 25th in New Mexico.
Ludwig’s just finished working on Grown Ups 2, so you’ll get to see him as David Spade’s son next July.
Lone Survivor recounts how Luttrell and three other SEALs were on a reconnaissance mission near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in 2005. They came across an old man and three boys, and while knowing that it could jeopardize their lives, the commandos let the group pass. The act of mercy backfired, and soon the team was under attack by a small Taliban army. Luttrell was the only one who survived. A later firefight led to the largest loss of life in SEAL history.