FILM: LONE SURVIVOR
CAST: Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Ali Suliman, Alexander Ludwig, Eric Bana
Director: Peter Berg
Based on The New York Times bestselling true story of heroism, courage and resilience, ‘Lone Survivor’ tells the tale of four US Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative who are ambushed by the enemy in the mountains of Afghanistan. Faced with an impossible moral decision, the small band is isolated from help and surrounded by a much larger force of Taliban ready for war. As they confront unthinkable odds together, the four men find reserves of strength and bravery as they stay in the fight to the finish.
Mark Wahlberg (‘The Fighter’, ‘Contraband’) leads the cast as Marcus Luttrell, the author of the first-person memoir ‘Lone Survivor’, whose book has become a motivational resource for its lessons on how the power of the human spirit is tested when we are pushed beyond our mental and physical limits. Starring alongside Wahlberg as the other members of the elite team who gave everything for their brothers-in-arms are Taylor Kitsch (‘Savages’, ‘Friday Night Lights’) as Michael Murphy, Emile Hirsch (‘Into the Wild’, television’s ‘Bonnie and Clyde’) as Danny Dietz and Ben Foster (‘3:10 to Yuma’, ‘Kill Your Darlings’) as Matthew “Axe” Axelson. Eric Bana (‘Star Trek’, ‘Hanna’) joins the core team as Erik Kristensen, their commanding officer in Afghanistan.
The performers are supported by Ali Suliman (‘The Kingdom’) as Mohammad Gulab, an Afghan villager who protects Luttrell when the Taliban comes to execute him; Alexander Ludwig (‘The Hunger Games’) as Shane Patton, one of the youngest members of SEAL Team 10; Yousuf Azami (‘Brothers’) as Ahmad Shah, a senior Taliban commander who orchestrates the attack; and Sammy Sheik (‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’) as Taraq, Shah’s vicious second-in-command.
Although ‘Lone Survivor’ takes the creative liberties necessary to make a movie, director Peter Berg was committed to preserving the essential experience of what these men endured on their mission.