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.
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“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.