Megan Leavey starring Kate Mara is based on the true story of a Marine’s (a member of the Marine Corps in the US) special bond with a combat dog. The film has been directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite and stars Kate Mara, Ramon Rodriguez, Tom Felton, Bradley Whitford, Will Patton, Sam Keeley and Edie Falco among others.
This biographical drama is the story of a young Marine corporal (Kate Mara) who shared a special and distinctive emotional bond with her military combat dog named Rex and their partnership saved many lives during their disposition in war-stricken Iraq. When Megan Leavey is assigned to clean up the K9 unit after a disciplinary hearing, she connects with a particularly hostile and aggressive dog, Rex, and is then handed the responsibility to train him. Over the course of their deployment in Iraq, Megan and Rex work together in the bomb detection unit up until an IED explosion injures and separates them.
They are then reunited in America after repeated petitions by Megan to adopt Rex, when he is relieved of his duties by the Marine Corps due to facial palsy. This heartwarming story was the subject of a 2011 memoir, before being made into this biographical military biopic feature film.
Speaking about the film, Kate Mara said in an interview, “Megan Leavey is about a girl who feels lost in her life and inadvertently finds her way to a job that teaches her about relationships in a way that perhaps humans in her life were not able to teach her.” In the movie, the protagonist builds a relationship with a specific dog that really calmed her spirit and helps her learn who she really is. The connection with the dog helped her become stronger.
Crew of the film Megan Leavey:
Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Writers: Pamela Gray, Annie Mumolo, Tim Lovestedt, Jordon Roberts.
Producer: Mickey Liddell, Jennifer Monroe, Pete Shilaimon
Catch the trailer here:
Catch the story of Megan Leavey in a theatre near you from this Friday.