Garret Dillahunt, Tom Felton and Jake Abel are taking to the skies (and the sea) for Baja Studios feature film, Ghosts of the Pacific, which will tell the true story of three World War II Navy flyers who end up adrift on the South Pacific in 1942. Making movies based on true stories from America's past is the specialty of The American Film Company, the establishment producing the film.
The thriller is written by Mark David Keegan and American Film Company president Brian Falk, the latter of whom is making his directorial debut with this film, which follows three flyers who were virtual strangers to one another when they were assigned on a scouting mission near the start of 1942. The three of them end up huddled together in a 4x8-foot life raft, set adrift in the ocean after being forced to ditch their plane. It sounds like quite a story and a potentially bonding, life-altering experience for the three men on which this story is based. The film has secured itself a solid trio of actors to play them.
Dillahunt - who has proven to be a truly versatile actor, playing the goofy but lovable Burt Chance on Fox's Raising Hope, and the far less huggable henchman Jesse in Looper just last year - will play pilot Harold Dixon. Meanwhile, Felton - who's likely best known for playing Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, and was also memorably villainous in Rise of the Planet of the Apes - will play bombardier Tony Pastula. And finally, Jake Abel is playing radioman Gene Aldrich. Abel can currently be seen on the big screen playing the role of Ian in The Host. His other credits include I Am Number Four, a recurring spot on Supernatural and the role of Luke in Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, which he's reprising for Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, due out this summer.
Ghosts of the Pacific is scheduled to start production next week at Baja Studios in Rosarito, Mexico. An interesting bit of trivia on that location, it houses the largest outdoor water tank in the world, which was built for Titanic. A giant water tank sounds particularly useful for a film like this.