KJ Apa Books Lead Role In New Military Academy Film 'West Pointer'

KJ Apa Books Lead Role In New Military Academy Film 'West Pointer'

KJ Apa will star in an upcoming movie set at the United States Military Academy at West Point!

The 23-year-old Riverdale star will head to boot camp for the film, West Pointer.

He will also serve as an executive producer on the project!

Here’s a synopsis: Set against the back drop of the prestigious United States Military Academy at West Point, the story follows a cocky plebe (Apa) who graduated top of his class in high school but now must learn to navigate and compete in an environment where every student was also the best.

Rod Lurie will write and direct the movie, which he himself is a 1984 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point; he went on to serve for four years as a Combat Arms officer in the U.S. Army. Lurie will draw on his experiences for the film. The production will be seeking permission to shoot at the legendary campus.

“Ever since I was a cadet I daydreamed about one day making a movie set at West Point, which I believe to be the greatest college in the world,” Rod said in a statement. “As they say, the history they teach there was made by the men and women they taught. A motion picture has not been shot at the Academy since the 1950s. It would be the honor of a lifetime to be granted that permission. I want the world to learn what I know about my alma mater.”

“We’re huge fans of KJ’s talent, and had a great experience working with him and his team on I Still Believe,“ Erin Westerman, president of Production for the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, said. “This project is a perfect fit for him as a star, and we’re thrilled to be developing it with Rod, who envisions a film that captures what happens in a class of the world’s most elite military academy, where our best and brightest young people are supposed to be molded into tomorrow’s leaders.”

If you missed the big news, KJ and his girlfriend Clara Berry are going to be parents!!

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