The film will have Gyllenhaal playing Sgt. John Kinley, a soldier whose life is saved by his local interpreter, Ahmed, during his last tour in Afghanistan. Kinley and Ahmed are the only survivors of an ambush, with Ahmed risking his life to carry an injured Kinley across miles of dangerous territory to safety. Kinley, now back at home in the U.S., is informed that Ahmed and his family were not granted the flights to America they were promised. He decides to head back into Afghanistan to repay his debt and save Ahmed and his family before local militias capture them first.
Deadline broke the news, reporting that the inspiration for the film came from Ritchie’s talks with soldiers and the interpreters that risk it all to help them in the field. Ritchie wrote the screenplay with Ivan Atkinson and Marn Davies, who all worked together on Ritchie’s previous two films, Wrath of Man and The Gentlemen, and Ritchie’s upcoming Jason Statham-led actioner, Operation Fortune: Ruse de guerre (set for US release on January 21st). Ritchie and Atkinson are also on board to produce.
STXfilms is executive producing The Interpreter and is launching sales at the American Film Market. Cameras are expected to begin rolling in Spain on January 10th, 2022.
Among the upcoming films for the ever-busy Gyllenhaal: Michael Bay actioner Ambulance, comic book adaptation Prophet, and Francis and the Godfather (where he’ll play The Godfather producer Robert Evans, with Oscar Isaac playing director Francis Ford Coppola).