Zach McGowan Set To Play The Lead Role In Ni’ihau
In addition to his role as Charles Vane on the aforementioned Starz series, McGowan has had prominent roles in other high-profile programs like Shameless and The 100. He has also lent his voice to video games like Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, and Iron Man. On the film front, he has appeared in Terminator: Salvation, The Hunt for Eagle One, and Dracula Untold.
Alongside his duties as director, Robertson serves as the film’s scribe and executive producer, a position he shares with Ileen Maisel and Peter Morris. Comparing the story to a “Shakespearean tragedy”, he ascribed what he called “huge historical significance” to it.
Per Deadline, the source of this story:
Ni’ihau is based on a true story set during WWII when Shigenori Nishikaichi, an Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service pilot, crash-landed his Zero on the eponymous Hawaiian island after participating in the attack on Pearl Harbor. McGowan will play Ben Kanahele, an island leader who saves Nishikaichi before learning his part in the attack. When the circumstances became apparent, Nishikaichi was apprehended but received assistance from locals, taking hostages and attempting to overcome his captors. Kanahele ultimately killed Nishikaichi and was decorated for his part in stopping the takeover.
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