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Netflix to air Tom Clancy’s The Division movie

Words by Nathan Irvine

Divide and conquer.

Three years after it was first announced the movie adaptation of The Division has finally found a home. Netflix has secured the rights to show video game turned live action feature film that will star Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, X-Men: Dark Phoenix) and Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler, Velvet Buzzsaw).

The motion picture arm of game developer Ubisoft is producing the big budget film, which is currently in production.

Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhaal profile shots side by side.

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Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhaal will take the lead roles.

In the wilderness

The film will loosely follow the game of the same name. A smallpox virus spreads through New York via bank notes and throws the city into chaos as the island is quarantined by the government. Cue looting, enemy factions and general unhappiness as the Big Apple turns rotten.

With such a strong premise for a film, it’s great news that the movie has been saved. There was a time when The Division looked certain to be a pipe dream, as interest from studios piqued and then petered out.

But it seems as though the success of The Division 2, which was released in March 2019, grabbed the attention of Netflix bigwigs. No release date has been announced yet, but it’s rumoured to appear late 2020.

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