Ansel Elgort is going from wheelman to Navy man. EW has confirmed that the Baby Driver star is set to play a young John F. Kennedy in Mayday 109, a film about the future president’s heroism in the South Pacific during World War II.
Written by Samuel V. Franco and Evan Kilgore, Mayday 109 recounts how Kennedy, as the 26-year-old skipper of a Navy patrol torpedo boat, helped lead 10 of his 12 crewmen to safety after their craft was cut in two by a Japanese destroyer.
In addition to starring, Elgort will produce alongside Basil Iwanyk, Beau Flynn, and Emily Gerson Saines. A director has yet to be named.
FROM PEN: 23 Oscar Nominees Reveal The Untold Stories Behind Their Films
“We could not be more excited about Ansel coming aboard,” Iwanyk told Deadline Hollywood, which first reported the news. “Not only is he a tremendous actor, he embodies the charisma, athleticism and looks of a young JFK.”
Elgort’s previous screen credits include the romantic drama The Fault in Our Stars and the post-apocalyptic Divergent movies.
This article originally appeared on Ew.com