Movie Casting

NI’IHAU (2018): Zach McGowan Cast In WWII Drama

Zach McGowan

Zach McGowan Set To Play The Lead Role In Ni’ihau

Black Sails star Zach McGowan has been cast as the protagonist in first-time director Gabriel Robertson’s planned film 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.

Leave your thoughts on it being revealed that Zach McGowan has been cast in the lead role in Gabriel Robertson’s first film, the WWII drama Ni’ihau in the comments section below. Readers seeking more movie news can visit our Movie News Page, our Movie News Twitter Page, our Movie News Facebook Page, and our Movie News Google+ Page. Want up-to-the-minute notifications? FilmBook staff members publish articles by Email, Twitter, Tumblr, Google+, and Facebook.

Related Articles:


About the author

Reggie Peralta

An aspiring writer, longtime film junkie, and former disc jockey (where I graduated with a BA in Political Science), I've made the jump from penning book reviews and current events editorials for to writing movie and TV news and reviews.

When I'm not working towards my certificate in Radio and Television/Video Production at Fullerton College, I enjoy reading (horror, science fiction, and historical/political nonfiction are particular favorites), participating in my school's TV and theatre clubs, attending movie screenings, plays, concerts, and other events, and trying to come up with pithy things to say on social media. Believe it or not, there are occasions where I find time to write for my own leisure.

Send this to a friend