and Disney might sound like a pretty odd combination, but I don't really see it that way. (Lest we forget that the excellent 25th Hour
was a Disney production.) Love the guy or not, Spike Lee has turned into quite the eclectic filmmaker over the last few decades -- and so when I heard that the guy was helming a $50 million WWII drama for Disney, I was intrigued but not surprised. Based on the book by James McBride
-- and adapted for the screen by same -- Miracle at St. Anna
tells the tale of four black soldiers who find themselves stuck behind enemy lines in Italy.
Opening September 26, St. Anna stars Derek Luke
, Michael Ealy
, Laz Alonso
, and Omar Benson Miller
. Also on board are John Turturro
, D.B. Sweeney
, Kerry Washington
, John Leguizamo
, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt
. Riding high after his last feature film (the solid and profitable Inside Man
), Mr. Lee looks to be moving into "Oscar-friendly" territory again with St. Anna
-- and I know I'm not the only movie fan who's curious to Lee's first big war movie.