Tom Cruise and Edge of Tomorrow Director Doug Liman Begin Shooting Mena

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Principal photography has officially begun on Mena, a true story that will see Tom Cruise reteam with Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman.

Mena will tell the real-life story of Barry Seal, a hustler and pilot that was surprisingly hired by the CIA to run what goes down as one of the biggest covert operations in the history of the U.S.

“I love stories of improbable heroes working against the system, and Barry Seal took the government, and our country, for an unbelievable ride,” Liman said in a statement.

“Interpreting his story has the makings for an entertaining film that is equal parts satire, suspense and comedy—and always surprising.”

No word yet as to who will get the credit for screenplay, but it is known that Gary Spinelli (Stash House) wrote the first draft.

Cinematography will be brought to us by César Charlone, the Academy Award nominated cinematographer who shot City of God, The Constant Gardener and Blindness.

Mena is boasting a decent supporting cast, with Ex Machina‘s Domhnall Gleeson, Marry Me‘s Sarah Wright, Breaking Bad‘s Jesse Plemons, and X-Men: First Class‘ Caleb Landry also on board.

Fingers crossed Mena fares a little better than Edge of Tomorrow, which failed to really bring in the numbers despite being a great sci-fi pic.

The Cross Creek Pictures-funded film is currently set for U.S. release on January 6, 2017.