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The onslaught of Iraq War and Middle East thrillers continues. On the heels of the announcement that Into the Blue director John Stockwell plans a Navy SEALS picture documenting the men who took down Osama Bin Laden – on top of Kathryn Bigelow’s in-development killing Bin Laden thriller – we’re now hearing three hunky Hollywood stars are suiting up for a 3D, all-CG military action picture for director Simon West.

Thunder Run would adapt Prize-winning correspondent David Zucchino and Mark Bowden’s book of the same name that documents U.S. forces as they infiltrated and took over Baghdad at the onset of the Iraq War. A press release has been sent out announcing that Gerard Butler, Sam Worthington and Matthew McConaughey are on board with West’s project, and reportedly will use the same type of facial-capture technology and motion-capture tools that were utilized by James Cameron for Avatar. Along those lines, the trade says Thunder Run will mainly use the trio’s voices, though each will have to do some green-screen work.

“The scope of the movie is going to feel huge and the goal is to appeal to the Call of Duty world. It’s not going to have a video game world feel but to have a stylized look to it,” said Brian Presley of producing partner Freedom Films.

Smart idea. The Call of Duty franchise is massive, and no other film franchise has tried (or succeeded) to replicate the video game series’ appearances on screen. Though if you are going to get the likes of Butler, Worthington and McConaughey, you’d think you’d want to plaster their likenesses all over the screen. I’m also wondering if audiences are going to keep lining up for Iraq battle pictures. Something tells me the first ones out of the gate will be the most successful, so the race is on.

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