Trio to lead CG 3-D action thriller.

Gerard Butler, ‘Sam Worthington and Matthew McConaughey have been tapped to lead the all CG 3-D action thriller ‘Thunder Road’ with Simon West (‘The Expendables 2,’ ‘The Mechanic,’ ‘Con Air’) set to direct.

An adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent David Zucchino’s 2004 novel ‘Thunder Run – The Armored Strike to Capture Baghdad,’ the movie is described as the untold story of the dangerous and bloody capture of Baghdad by American Forces at the onset of the Iraq War. In April 2003, three battalions and fewer than a thousand men launched a violent thrust of tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles into the heart of a city of five million, igniting a three-day blitzkrieg, which military professionals often refer to as a lightning strike, or “thunder run.” In telling the story of the surprise assault on Baghdad- one of the most decisive battles in recent American combat history–this movie paints the harrowing picture of the soldiers on the front lines and the realities of modern warfare. Academy Award-winner Robert Port and Ken Nolan, screenwriter of ‘Black Hawk Down’ will be adapting the novel.

“‘Thunder Road’ will be the first ever conventional war film made to utilize this revolutionary facial and motion capture technology and state of the art CG and 3D,” said producer Brian Presley.

The Graphic Film Company will utilize proprietary facial-capture technology they used on West’s upcoming ‘Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D’ along with the motion capture technology used in James Cameron’s ‘Avatar.’