Sand Castle (film)

For other similarly titled films, see Sandcastle (disambiguation).
Sand Castle
Directed by Fernando Coimbra
Produced by
Written by Chris Roessner
Music by Adam Peters
Cinematography Ben Richardson
Edited by Zach Staenberg
  • The Mark Gordon Company
  • 42
  • Treehouse Pictures
Distributed by Netflix
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Sand Castle is an upcoming British war drama film directed by Fernando Coimbra and written by Chris Roessner. The film stars Nicholas Hoult, Henry Cavill, Logan Marshall-Green, Tommy Flanagan, Glen Powell, Beau Knapp, and Neil Brown Jr. The film centers on Matt Ocre, a young machine gunner, tasked to save a village in Iraq, and is based on the true events and the experience of the film's writer Roessner during the Iraq War.


Set in 2003 in Iraq, about a young machine gunner, Matt Ocre (Nicholas Hoult), who is among a platoon which is tasked to repair a broken water system in the dangerous village, Baqubah.[1]



Chris Roessner's true story based script Sand Castle was appeared among the 2012 unproduced Black List screenplays, based on his own experience as a machine gunner in Iraq's Sunni Triangle.[1][8] On March 13, 2014, it was announced that Nicholas Hoult would lead the cast of the Iraqi war drama film to play the role of Matt Ocre, a young machine gunner.[2] The film would be produced by Mark Gordon through The Mark Gordon Company, who also bought the script,[1] and commercial director Seb Edwards was hired to direct the film centered on Sergeant Baker, the leader of a platoon, and one of his soldiers, Ocre.[2] On May 9, 2014, uMedia came on board to finance the film and would handle the international sales, while Toby Kebbell was also reported to be cast in the film to play Sergeant Baker.[9]

On October 8, 2015, Luke Evans and Henry Cavill joined the film, where Evans would play Sergeant Baker, while Cavill would play Captain Syverson of the special forces running the operation in the dangerous village Baqubah.[1] Fernando Coimbra, director of A Wolf at the Door, was set to direct the film which Treehouse Pictures would fully finance and produce, while other producers would be Roessner, Gordon, Justin Nappi, and 42's Ben Pugh. Voltage Pictures would handle the international sales now.[1] On October 9, 2015, Beau Knapp joined the film to play a sergeant who has to repair a broken water system in village.[6] On October 14, 2015, Glen Powell was cast in the film to play Sergeant Falvy, a tough-minded soldier.[5] On October 26, 2015, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Logan Marshall-Green had replaced Evans for his role of Sergeant Baker, the leader of a platoon.[3] On October 29, 2015, Neil Brown, Jr. joined the film to play the role of Enzo.[7] Tommy Flanagan was cast in the film for a lead role of Sgt. McGregor.[4]

Principal photography on the film began on November 2, 2015.[1][10]


In May 2016, Netflix acquired distribution rights to the film.[11]


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  2. 1 2 3 Siegel, Tatiana; Kit, Borys (March 13, 2014). "Nicholas Hoult to Star in Iraqi War Drama 'Sand Castle' (Exclusive)". Retrieved November 8, 2015.
  3. 1 2 Ford, Rebecca; Kit, Borys (October 26, 2015). "Logan Marshall-Green Joins Nicholas Hoult in War Drama 'Sand Castle' (Exclusive)". Retrieved November 8, 2015.
  4. 1 2 Fleming Jr, Mike (November 10, 2015). "'SOA's Tommy Flanagan Lands A Lead In Iraqi Drama 'Sand Castle'". Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  5. 1 2 N'Duka, Amanda (October 14, 2015). "Glen Powell Enlists In 'Sand Castle'; Diane Guerrero Joins 'The Godmother'". Retrieved November 8, 2015.
  6. 1 2 Hipes, Patrick (October 9, 2015). "Wayne Bastrup Takes Flight In 'Sully'; Beau Knapp Enlists In 'Sand Castle'". Retrieved November 8, 2015.
  7. 1 2 A. Lincoln, Ross (October 29, 2015). "'Compton's Neil Brown Jr. Signs On For 'Sand Castle'; Pom Klementieff Joins 'Guardians Of The Galaxy 2'". Retrieved November 8, 2015.
  8. Han, Angie (December 17, 2012). "The 2012 Black List: The Year's Hottest Unproduced Screenplays". Retrieved November 8, 2015.
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  10. "On the Set for 11/6/15: Emily Blunt and Luke Evans Start 'Girl on the Train', Brad Pitt Wraps 'Lost City of Z'". November 6, 2015. Retrieved November 8, 2015.
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