Gyllenhaal plays U.S. soldier Sgt. John Kinley, who is ambushed on his last tour of duty in Afghanistan and is saved by his allocated local interpreter, Ahmed (Dar Salim, Game of Thrones), who risks his own life to carry the injured solider across miles of grueling terrain to safety. Some time later, on U.S. soil, Kinley learns that Ahmed and his family were not given passage to America – as had been promised to them. Determined to protect his friend and repay his debt, Kinley returns to the war zone to retrieve Ahmed and his family before the local militias reach them first.
Ritchie, also a producer on the picture, co-wrote the screenplay alongside Ivan Atkinson and Marn Davies, continuing the trio’s collaboration following scripts for The Gentlemen, Operation Fortune: Ruse de guerre and Wrath of Man.
The Covenant, also starring Antony Starr (yep, that’s Homelander on The Boys), Alexander Ludwig, Emily Beecham, and Jason Wong, will be opening in U.S. cinemas on April 21st.