Jesse Eisenberg and Shia LaBeouf are wanted to star in "Arms and the Dudes". The long-gestating project is from "The Hangover" franchise director Todd Phillips who will produce the film with Bradley Cooper under their new production company based at Warner Bros.
Based on a Rolling Stone article by Guy Lawson, the film chronicles the tale of two stoners David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli, who won a $300 million contract from the Pentagon to arm America's allies in Afghanistan. The duo made 85 deliveries of munitions to Afghanistan worth more than $66 million before their arms-dealing careers were cut short when federal agents raided their Miami Beach offices in August 2007, culminating in 71 counts of fraud.
"Lucky Number Slevin" scribe Jason Smilovic is writing the script. Mark Gordon will also produce while Bryan Zuriff will be exec producer.
Eisenberg will next be seen in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" as Lex Luthor while LaBeouf appears in the upcoming "Fury". Jonah Hill was previously attached to "Arms and the Dudes" but has since quit.