Photo: Dominic Cooper Is “Stratton”

The first photo has been released of Dominic Cooper in the Simon West-directed “Stratton,” the potential first of a franchise action feature based on Duncan Falconer’s eight-book series about the titular member of Britain’s elite Special Boat Service.

In the film, Stratton teams up with a US Navy SEAL (Austin Stowell) to battle an international terrorist. Falconer is an experienced former member of this special forces branch of the British intelligence network.

Gemma Chan, Tom Felton, Thomas Kretschmann, Derek Jacobi, Tyler Hoechlin, Connie Nielsen and Jake Fairbrother also star in the film which originally had Henry Cavill in the title role until he dropped out just before filming began. Cooper was quickly pulled in to replace him and shooting is underway in Italy now before shifting to London next month.

“Stratton” is due to open in 2016.

Source: Empire