Jake Gyllenhaal has signed on to produce and star in ‘TheLost Airman,’ a true-life World War II adventure based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Seth Meyerowitz.
Per THR, the book tells the incredible true story of Arthur Meyerowitz, an American turret-gunner whose B-24 bomber was shot down over Vichy France in 1943. While hiding in the French countryside, Meyerowitz befriended Marcel Talliander, the founder of the legendary French resistance group Morhange, who helped shelter the man from the Gestapo through his secret network. After six months of barely evading capture, Meyerowitz escaped through a carefully orchestrated plan that also involved R.F.W. Cleaver, one of the most accomplished British fighter pilots of the war.
The project teams Gyllenhaal Oscar-winning producer John Lesher (‘Birdman,’ ‘Fury’). Meyerowitz, Anthony Mattero of Foundry Literary Media, and Dan Bodansky of Dixon Talent are on board to serve as executive producers.
Gyllenhaal will next be seen starring alongside Tilda Swinton in Bong Joon-ho’s eagerly awaited sci-fi fantasy ‘Okja,’ hitting Netflix June 28th.