Michael Pena has joined the cast of the drama, Lions for Lambs for United Artists, the first film since the studio's resurgence; Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner are also producing through their C/W Productions.

Robert Redford is directing the film that will see Pena as an Army Ranger lieutenant and platoon leader in Afghanistan. Variety adds he and his men become the catalyst for multiple overlapping storylines; Cruise, Meryl Streep and Redford also star in the drama.

Filming on Lions for Lambs will get underway very soon; a December 14, 2007 release has been scheduled.