Jason Momoa Set to Star in Big Screen Adaptation of JUST CAUSE with Director Brad Peyton
The popular Square Enix video game franchise Just Cause is getting a big screen adaptation, and it just took a huge step forward. Jason Momoa (Aquaman) is set to star in the film, which will be directed by Brad Peyton (San Andreas). This is some solid talent for the film, but it also got itself a great screenwriter. The script will be written by John Collee, who wrote the fantastic Russell Crowe film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. If anything, we know that there's a good chance the script will be solid.
Peyton and Momoa previously worked together on the Netflix's series Frontier. It's actually pretty good, and it's nice that they are coming together to work on bringing Just Cause to life as a feature film.
The story basically centers around a character named Rico Rodriguez (Momoa), who's an operative for an organization known as the Agency. There are no official plot details for the film, but according to Deadline it's "expected to deal in some way with Rico’s crisis of conscience while on a mission." Here's the plot description for the first game, which will obviously serve as inspiration for the upcoming film:
Just Cause begins with Rico Rodriguez, an operative for an organization known as the Agency, being dropped into a Caribbean tropical island called San Esperito, after being called there by his commanding officer, Tom Sheldon, to help overthrow San Esperito's dictator, Salvador Mendoza, whom the Agency believes to be in possession of weapons of mass destruction. After his arrival, Rico meets up with Sheldon and fellow agent Maria Kane, and they ally themselves with a guerrilla group staging a rebellion against the regime and the Rioja drug cartel, another enemy of the government. Rico assists them in their civil war against Mendoza's corrupt officials; Black Hand mercenaries and the Montano cartel. Rico can also assist in the liberation of various territories to further destabilize the government's rule over the island.
Eventually, Sheldon discovers that Mendoza does, indeed, have control of WMDs, and with San Esperito so politically unstable and with the guerrillas having the upper hand, the president is forced to retreat to his private presidential island just off the mainland. Sheldon and Kane fly Rico to the island to kill Mendoza, but he attempts to escape via jet. However, Rico boards the jet and kills Mendoza and his remaining bodyguards, stopping his reign on the islands.
I've only played the first game in the franchise, but Just Cause is sure to make an action-packed, adrenaline-fueled adventure film. That's pretty much what I'd expect from the talent that they've brought on board to develop the movie.
Momoa recently shot Justice League and will also star in the Aquaman solo film. Peyton is about to start production on Dwayne Johnson's big screen adaptation of the classic game Rampage. He's also set to direct the sci-fi adventure film Black Hole.