HBO drafts cast for 'Kill' mini

By Nellie Andreeva
HBO Films has assembled the principal cast of its ambitious seven-part miniseries "Generation Kill," from "The Wire" creators David Simon and Ed Burns.

Alexander Skarsgard, James Ransone, Stark Sands, Jon Huertas and Lee Tergesen lead the ensemble cast of the mini, which chronicles the first month of the American-led 2003 Iraq invasion through the eyes of young Marine whose unit was part of the first wave of the U.S. military assault on Baghdad.

Susanna White and Simon Cellan Jones have been tapped to direct "Kill," which is based on Evan Wright's award-winning nonfiction book.

Also co-starring in the mini are David Barrera ("Evan Almighty"), newcomer Josh Barrett, newcomer Wilson Bethel, Nabil Elouahabi ("The Path to 9/11"), Neal Jones ("Rescue Me"), Chance Kelly ("The Departed"), Michael Kelly ("The Sopranos"), Eric Ladin ("Surface"), Jonah Lotan ("24"), Billy Lush ("The Black Donnellys"), Kellan Lutz ("Accepted"), newcomer J. Salome Martinez Jr., Marc Menchaca ("The Alamo"), Eric Nenninger ("Malcolm in the Middle"), Pawel Szajda ("Under the Tuscan Sun"), Rey Valentin ("One Tree Hill"), Brian Patrick Wade ("The Guardian") and Owain Yeoman ("The Nine" ).

Also a key member of the ensemble cast is former Marine and Iraq War veteran Rudy Reyes, who will play himself.

"Kill," produced for HBO Films by Company Pictures, will be filmed through year's end in South Africa, Mozambique and Namibia for a 2008 premiere on HBO.

White ("Bleak House") and Jones ("The Trial of Tony Blair") will direct from scripts by Simon, Burns and Evan Wright.

Simon, Burns, George Faber, Charles Pattinson and Anne Thomopoulos will executive produce. Nina Noble serves as co-executive producer and Andrea Calderwood as producer.

Skarsgard's recent feature credits include the indies "Exit" and "Kill Your Darlings." He is repped by Endeavor, manager Larry Taube of Principal Entertainment and Markham/Froggatt in the U.K.

Ransone worked with Simon and Burns on "Wire" and also had a role in "Inside Man."

Sands is nominated for a Tony for his performance in "Journey's End." The actor, whose credits include "Pretty Persuasion" and "Flags of Our Fathers," next will be seen in the indie "My Sassy Girl." He is repped by ICM, Management 360 and attorney Warren Dern.

Huertas recently was seen in "Right At Your Door."

Tergesen co-starred on HBO's "Oz" and had an arc on ABC's "Desperate Housewives."

Lotan is repped by Gersh, Taube and John Grant in the U.K.