Jake Gylenhaal cast as Combat Controller John Chapman in upcoming movie

An upcoming movie is in the works surrounding the heroic story of Technical Sergeant John Chapman, an Air Force Combat Controller that was awarded the Medal of Honor. Chapman, along with an accompanying Navy SEAL team, were the Quick Reaction Force tasked to rescue SEAL Neil Roberts during Operation Anaconda. Chapman is the first airman in nearly fifty years to be given the distinction reserved for America’s greatest heroes.

In the below video of the battle, along with a SEAL Team, are attempting to rescue their lost teammate. You’ll watch Chapman’s stunning and heroic actions as he saves the lives of his entire SEAL team, and another 18 members of a quick-reaction force, ultimately earning The Medal of Honor.

The movie will be based on the book “Alone at Dawn” written by retired Combat Controller Dan Schilling. Extraction director Sam Hargrave is set to direct. Schilling narrates the above video and will be a military advisor to the movie.

Academy Award nominee Jake Gylenhaal will play Chapman. The 40 year old Gylenhaal is no stranger to military films; playing Marine sniper Anthony Swofford in the 2005 movie “Jarhead.”

No current timetable has been set for filming or movie release. More information to follow as we receive it.