‘Megan Leavey’ Trailer: Kate Mara Forms a Bond with a K9 in Iraq

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Bleecker Street has dropped the first trailer for Megan Leavey, the upcoming true-story drama starring Kate Mara.

The film tells the story of young marine corporal Leavey, who is assigned an aggressive military dog whilst on deployment in Iraq. Leavey, who has issues of her own, grows to love Rex and completes more than 100 missions with the canine by her side. Their future together is put in jeopardy when an IED explosion injures them both.

Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, who was also behind the scathing killer whales documentary Blackfish, Megan Leavey looks like a well-shot, nicely performed tearjerker that will probably hit canine lovers hard. The fact that it’s based on a true story no doubt adds to the drama, and you can throw in a bit of military respect for good measure. Looks good.

Megan Leavey, also starring Edie Falco, Bradley Whitford, Ramón Rodríguez and Common, will open in the US on June 9.

Synopsis for Megan Leavey:

MEGAN LEAVEY is based on the true life story of a young marine corporal (Kate Mara) whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq. When she is assigned to clean up the K9 unit after a disciplinary hearing, Leavey identifies with a particularly aggressive dog, Rex, and is given the chance to train him. Over the course of their service, Megan and Rex completed more than 100 missions until an IED explosion injures them, putting their fate in jeopardy. Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite (BLACKFISH) from a screenplay by Pamela Gray and Annie Mumolo & Tim Lovestedt, the film also stars Edie Falco, Ramón Rodríguez, Bradley Whitford, and Common.

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