has signed on to star in the movie adaptation of The Yellow Birds.
The book by Kevin Powers revolves around Iraq war, reported Entertainment Weekly.
will play the role of a sergeant who takes two young soldiers -- played by Will Poulter and Tye Sheridan -- under his wing.
The story focuses on 21-year-old Private Bartle and the teenaged Private Murphy, who meet at boot camp and are deployed to Iraq. Some of the story is autobiographical; Powers served as an Army machine gunner in Iraq after enlisting at the age of 17.
David Lowery of Ain't Them Bodies Saints will write the script and direct.