Jake Gyllenhaal is a one-man army in Guy Ritchie’s military thriller The Covenant (formerly: The Interpreter).
Ritchie’s latest action-packed flick centres upon Sergeant John Kinley (Gyllenhaal), who is saved from an ambush during his final tour in Afghanistan by local interpreter Ahmed (Dar Salim).
Upon returning home, however, John learns that Ahmed and his family did not receive the safe passage to America they were promised. In order to repay his debt to Ahmed, the honourable Sergeant Kinley re-enters the war zone to stage his own solo rescue mission.
“If it wasn’t enough for him to carry me across those mountains, now he’s hiding in a hole somewhere — I should be in that hole,” Gyllenhaal’s John Kinley can be heard saying in The Covenant trailer.
“Ahmed and his family are in trouble. I am gonna have to get him out myself.”
Interestingly enough, this isn’t the only war-related project Gyllenhaal and Ritchie are currently attached to.
The Jarhead actor has also been occupied with a biopic about Air Force CCT John Chapman dubbed Combat Control, which is being helmed by Extraction director and Marvel Cinematic Universe alum Sam Hargrave.
The Lock, Stock, & Two Smoking Barrels director, on the other hand, has reunited with The Man From U.N.C.L.E leading man Henry Cavill for a movie about Winston Churchill’s “butcher-and-bolt” black-ops unit formed during World War II dubbed The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare. Think Inglorious Basterds meets Kingsman.
Jake Gyllenhaal and Dar Salim have been joined in The Covenant by Alexander Ludwig, The Boys star Antony Starr, Jason Wong, Bobby Schofield, Sean Sager, Sina Parvaneh, Emily Beecham, Cyrus Khodaveisi, and Christian Ochoa.
The screenplay has been co-written by Guy Ritchie himself alongside longtime collaborators Ivan Atkinson and Marn Davies (Wrath of Man, The Gentlemen). Ritchie and Atkinson have also produced with John Friedberg and Josh Berger.
Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant (formerly: The Interpreter) starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Dar Salim is scheduled for release on April 21st of 2023 – check out the first trailer above.