Bleecker Street has released a trailer for Megan Leavey, which is based on the true story of a U.S. Marine who fought to be reunited with her beloved combat dog Rex. After being injured and awarded the Purple Heart, Leavey cuts through a lot of red tape in an attempt to adopt the canine when both retire from duty.
The film is directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, whose documentary Blackfish was a powerful animal-centric story that sparked real change. This new narrative feature also looks affecting, but hopefully it’s more uplifting.
Kate Mara plays the titular Leavey, and the film also stars Edie Falco, Common, Ramón Rodríguez, Tom Felton, and Bradley Whitford. It will be in theaters on June 9th.
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.