Chris Evans is looking beyond playing superheroes and romantic leads. He’s just signed on for a pretty interesting project that’s based on a true story. Today, Evans confirmed a lead role in “The Red Sea Diving Resort”, an incident in the 1980s where a team of covert Mossad agents pulled off a daring rescue mission of thousands of Jews in Africa. It’s kind of a cross between “Schindler’s List” and “Argo”. The film will be written and directed by Gideon Raff, and Evans is just the latest in a long list of already confirmed cast members, including Haley Bennett, Alessandro Nivola, Michael K. Williams, Michiel Huisman, Alex Hassell and Mark Ivanir, Greg Kinnear, and Oscar winner Sir Ben Kingsley. Sounds like a damn fine ensemble.
Here’s some info on the incident: “The Red Sea Diving Resort is based on one of the most remarkable rescue missions ever, the exodus of the Ethiopian Jews from Sudan to Israel in the early ’80s. Evans plays Ari Kidron, the Mossad agent who led the mission. The story begins in the late ’70s, when the spy agency was given an assignment far different from its usual cloak-and-dagger activities when it was ordered to help in the transfer of thousands of Ethiopian Jews who were stuck in refugee camps in Sudan and deliver them to the Jewish state. No stranger to action in enemy countries, the agency established a covert forward base in a deserted holiday village in Sudan and deployed a handful of operatives (including a team of Ethiopians on the ground) to launch and oversee the exodus to the Promised Land, by sea and by air, in the early 1980s. The Mossad’s Red Sea Diving Resort operated for five years and saved thousands of refugees and brought them to Israel.”
The award-winning behind-the-scenes team on The Red Sea Diving Resort includes: Director Of Photography Roberto Schaefer (Quantum of Solace, Finding Neverland); Production Designer Jeff Mann (Transformers, Mr & Mrs. Smith); Costume Designer Ruth Myers (The Legend of Tarzan, The Golden Compass); Editor Tim Squyres (Unbroken, Life of Pi) and Casting Director Mary Vernieu (The Magnificent Seven, Suicide Squad).
Principal photography is slated to kick off on 22nd June in South Africa and Namibia.