LOS ANGELES, CA – Principal photography has begun on the DreamWorks Pictures film adaptation of David Finkel’s book, “Thank You For Your Service,” it was announced today by the studio. The film stars Miles Teller (Whiplash), Haley Bennett (The Girl on the Train), Joe Cole (Peaky Blinders), Amy Schumer (Trainwreck), Beulah Koale (The Last Saint), Scott Haze (Child of God), Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider), Brad Beyer (42), Omar Dorsey (Selma) and Jayson Warner Smith (The Birth of a Nation).
Oscar® nominated screenwriter Jason Hall (American Sniper) makes his directorial debut on “Thank You For Your Service.” Hall also wrote the screenplay for the story that follows a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield. Jon Kilik (Foxcatcher, Babel) is producing with Ann Ruark (Love & Mercy) serving as executive producer. Filming is taking place in Atlanta, Georgia.
“Thank You For Your Service” was published in 2013 by Sarah Crichton Books and was a follow-up to Finkel’s previous book, “The Good Soldiers,” where he embedded with the men of the 2-16 Infantry Battalion on the front lines of Baghdad. “Thank You For Your Service” was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and named as one of Ten Favorite Books of 2013 by Michiko Kakutani at The New York Times.
Universal Pictures is distributing the film in the U.S. and select international territories while Mister Smith Entertainment is overseeing distribution in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. DreamWorks’ partners, Reliance, will distribute the film in India and Entertainment One (eOne) in the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Australia and New Zealand.