The Hollywood Reporter posts that America Ferrera is heading to New Mexico this February to star in a new film from writer/director Ryan Piers Williams called American Tragic, which she will also executive produce. The story focuses on a young soldier (Ryan O'Nan) who finds that it's hard to readjust to normal life after serving in Iraq. Unable to cope, he leaves his small hometown and hits the road "in search of redemption." Ferrera will play the wife he leaves behind while Melissa Leo plays his mother and June Diane Raphael (Bride Wars co-scribe) plays his sister.
It sounds like Stop Loss without the stop loss, but between Leo and Ferrera, who received acclaim for her work in Real Women Have Curves, this could prove to be an interesting film. Whether it'll be received by the public, that's another story. Iraq-centric films haven't done so well at the box office, so I'm always amazed when another gets added to the list.