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The Athena Project the female answer to Expendables?

TheAthenaProject-WishList.jpgThe Athena Project is a novel by Brad Thor which tells of the American's elite counter-terrorism unit Delta Force and their latest programme. They've created a team of female operatives taking the top four of their female operatives and created The Athena Project.

The book seems to be the start of a series which will follow the team from their recruitment as top athletes through their training and deployment to their most exciting missions, and before the series gets too far into publication, Hollywood has lifted it's head and seen the cinematic potential.

There are two feelings I get from this straight away, it's like an all-female Rainbow Six, the film that never was, or a female version of The Expendables, although with a few less leading operative roles. However you can instantly smell that this could have a place for three top female actresses, sort of like a serious Charlie's Angels if you like.

Joking apart, this could be a strong series, but I do think it all lies in the casting, just like it was the casting that made Charlie's Angels, here I really do think that the film needs to pull on some big names, if not huge names.

Here's the blurb for the Brad Thor novel (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com), which looks set to take the topic as seriously as a Tom Clancy novel would:

The world's most elite counterterrorism unit has just taken its game to an entirely new level. And not a moment too soon . . .

From behind the rows of razor wire, a new breed of counterterrorism operator has emerged.

Just as skilled, just as fearsome, and just as deadly as their colleagues, Delta Force's newest members have only one thing setting them apart-their gender. Part of a top-secret, all-female program codenamed The Athena Project, four of Delta's best and brightest women are about to undertake one of the nation's deadliest assignments.

When a terrorist attack in Rome kills more than twenty Americans, Athena Team members Gretchen Casey, Julie Ericsson, Megan Rhodes, and Alex Cooper are tasked with hunting down the Venetian arms dealer responsible for providing the explosives. But there is more to the story than anyone knows.

In the jungles of South America, a young U.S. intelligence officer has made a grisly discovery. Surrounded by monoliths covered with Runic symbols, one of America's greatest fears appears to have come true. Simultaneously in Colorado, a foreign spy is close to penetrating the mysterious secret the U.S. government has hidden beneath Denver International Airport.

As Casey, Ericsson, Rhodes, and Cooper close in on their target, they will soon learn that another attack-one of unimaginable proportions-has already been set in motion, and the greatest threat they face may be the secrets kept by their own government.

There's still something about the idea that I'm expecting to turn out to be a comedy, and I really hope that Hollywood don't go down that route for they could deliver something interesting with an all female team that doesn't have to end up relying on their female ways all the time. Think Salt (Filmstalker review) but with three of them.

Deadline Hollywood Daily has the story that tells us that some of Thor's other novels about a male Navy SEAL operative have also been bought up, but according to them that was to get an inroad to the rights of these novels, a series which has just begun.

Is there hope for the all female counter-terrororism unit, The Athena Project, and who should play the three leads? I've selected three female agents who might fit the bill, G.I. Jane, Salt and Alias' Sydney Bristow, but would the actresses fit the film? Who would you choose?



Um, the description says there's FOUR members, not three - or am I missing something?

No you're right, well done. I'll get that fixed.

Now where are your choices, or did you just pop in to point out the mistake?

Tough choice, the ones you picked would make my short list for sure. Maggie Q for sure, and maybe Keri Russell - she had potential in MI3.

Yeah she did have a couple of strong scenes. Maggie Q was superb in Die Hard 4.0 and carrying that on in Nikita.


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