'Moonlight' Star Mahershala Ali to Join Tom Hardy's 'Triple Frontier'
Mahershala Ali, coming off of his starring role in the recent Oscar-nominated Moonlight, is in negotiations to join Tom Hardy and Channing Tatum in Triple Frontier for Paramount. J.C. Chandor is directing the film from a script by Mark Boal.
Set in the border zone between Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil, here the Iguaza and Parana rivers converge, it's a place considered difficult to monitor and is a haven for organized crime. It was intended to be The Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow's follow-up to the former award-winning pic, and had Tom Hanks, Will Smith, and Leonardo DiCaprio circling the ensemble.
This was put on hold when Bigelow and Boal opted to make Zero Dark Thirty before Bigelow walked away from directing.
Ali has been popular in the wake of Moonlight's critical success, and this marks the first major role since playing Juan, a drug dealer, in the Best Picture nominee.