Following his Emmy-nominated role in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Darren Criss is gearing up for his next role in Roland Emmerich’s latest World War II action film Midway. He joins an already announced (and impressive) cast of Mandy Moore (This Is Us), Luke Evans (The Alienist), and Woody Harrelson (Solo: A Star Wars Story). Also on board are Patrick Wilson, Ed Skrein, Aaron Eckhart, Dennis Quaid, and Nick Jonas.
Midway will “tell the story of the famed Battle of Midway, considered a turning point in America’s battle against Japan.” While Criss’ part is still unknown, Evans will be playing Commander Wade McClusky alongside Harrelson in the role of Admiral Chester Nimitz who “lead the American naval fleet to victory in a foray that involved aircraft carriers, destroyers, and cruisers.”
Movie buffs may recognize Emmerich’s name from other action films such as The Day After Tomorrow and Independence Day. He will be directing a script by Wes Tooke, who has written for USA’s original series Colony. Emmerich will be producing the film alongside Harald Kloser and Yu Dong.
Criss was recently nominated for an Emmy for his role as serial killer Andrew Cunanan in Ryan Murphy’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. The award show will be taking place next week and Criss is a favorite to take home the win. Prior to Versace, Criss’ most notable role was that of playing Blaine on Glee, his first partnership with Murphy, a character that was meant to be a guest star but ended up becoming one of the series’ most vital characters. From there he went on to stun critics on Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch before returning to TV to once again team up with Murphy for a couple episodes of American Horror Story: Hotel. He also founded the musical theater-inspired festival ElsieFest, which just announced its 2018 lineup.
What do you think about Midway? Are you excited to see Criss on screen with such a great cast?
Be sure to catch Criss at the Emmy Awards on Monday, September 17th!