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Kate Mara unites with Gabriela Cowperthwaite for bomb disposal drama

Story by Jack Foley

KATE Mara is to unite with acclaimed documentary filmmaker Gabriela Cowperthwaite for a film based on the true story of Iraq bomb disposal operative Megan Leavey.

The film, which has yet to be named, will chronicle the relationship between Leavey and the dog she ended up adopting with whom she was teamed on scores of missions.

Leavey served as a marine corporal on two tours of Iraq, during which time she was teamed with the bomb-sniffing dog, named Rex, before both were wounded in 2006 in an explosion.

Thereafter, Leavey was removed from frontline duties and left the service in 2008.

Rex remained as a working military dog until 2012, at which point Leavey was allowed to adopt him. But sadly, Rex passed away later the same year.

The film will also adapt some of Mike Dowling’s book, Sergeant Rex: The Unbreakable Bond Between a Marine and his Military Working Dog, who was also one of Rex’s handlers.

The film’s director, Cowperthwaite, shot to prominence when she directed the acclaimed documentary Blackfish, which exposed the treatment of killer whales at marine attractions.

Cowperthwaite was previously reported to be making her fiction feature debut with a thriller called The Search but, according to the report, has now shelved that one.

Mara can currently be seen in cinemas as Sue Storm in the Fantastic Four reboot.

She has also completed roles in other high-profile films such as Ridley Scott’s The Martian and the post-apocalyptic thriller Man Down, opposite Shia LaBeouf.

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