Domhnall Gleeson Joining Tom Cruise in MENA

Dublin native Domhanll Gleeson (‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ ‘Ex Machina,’ ‘Unbroken’) is near to closing a deal to star alongside Tom Cruise in ‘Mena,’ director Doug Liman’s 1980s drug smuggling drama.

Featuring a script by Gary Spinelli, the fact-based tale tells of the late Adler “Barry” Seal, a former Trans World Airlines pilot turned gunrunner, and drug trafficker who transported contraband for the Medellin cartel. He was later recruited to work as an informant for the CIA and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Deadline adds that Sarah Wright (‘Marry Me,’ ‘Parks and Recreation’) also stars, playing Seal’s wife, a former homecoming queen-turned-homemaker who in the beginning is completely unaware of her husband’s exploits. No details on what role Gleeson will take.

Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer, Doug Davison, and Kim Roth will executive produce.