WWE Superstar John Cena and acclaimed actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson are both fighting for their lives when pinned down by an enemy sniper in the first trailer for The Wall. Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions will release The Wall in theaters on March 10, 2017, putting it up against Warner Bros.' massive adventure Kong: Skull Island. Before this story came to the big screen, it was just one of many scripts that was uploaded to the Amazon Studios website.
The Wall became the first spec script that Amazon Studios bought back in November 2014, and it landed on The Black List a month later. Writer Dwain Worrell was working as a translator in China when he heard a story about a legendary Iraqi sniper, which he used as the basis for his story The Wall. He uploaded the script in August 2014, which lead to Amazon buying the script, and the writer landing his first manager and agent. Less than three years after Dwain Worrell uploaded his script to Amazon Studios, this story will hit the big screen. Dwain Worrell has also been attached to write a sci-fi thriller entitled Mindcorp for RoboCop remake director Jose Padilha.
The Wall is a deadly psychological thriller that follows two soldiers pinned down by an Iraqi sniper, with nothing but a crumbling wall between them. Their fight becomes as much a battle of will and wits as it is of lethally accurate marksmanship. Directed by Doug Liman (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, The Bourne Identity, Edge of Tomorrow), The Wall stars Aaron Taylor Johnson (Nocturnal Animals, Kick-Ass, SavagesGodzilla, Avengers: Age of Ultron) and WWE star John Cena (Trainwreck, Sisters, Daddy's Home), and is written by first-time screenwriter Dwain Worrell from his Black List script. The Wall is produced by Amazon Studios.
The only other cast member listed is Laith Nakli as Juba, the sniper who has these American soldiers trapped. Juba is the pseudonym for an real-life legendary Iraqi sniper who claimed to have killed 37 Americans in a series of videos that surfaced online between 2005 and 2007. The 2014 blockbuster American Sniper also mentions a mythical sniper much like Juba, although he was known as Mustafa in Chris Kyle's book and the movie it was adapted from. Very little is known about Juba, but it was believed that he was killed by ISIL in either 2013 or 2014.
Director Doug Liman directed The Wall after production was delayed on his superhero spin-off Gambit, which has Channing Tatum attached to star. The director was expected to film The Wall before returning to start pre-production on Gambit, although that didn't exactly happen. Doug Liman dropped out of Gambit in August, instead moving over to the DC side of the superhero spectrum to direct Justice League Dark. Take a look at the thrilling first trailer for The Wall, as we get closer to the March 10 release date.