The Highland Film Group pic stars Cole Hauser as a rugged ex-marine sent undercover and is directed by action specialist Mark Neveldine.

Mel Gibson features in this first-look still from Panama, the upcoming thriller from action specialist Mark Neveldine that also stars Cole Hauser.

Gibson plays Stark, a former commander who sends James Becker, a rugged and decorated ex-marine (Hauser), undercover to execute a high-value deal with untrustworthy adversaries. While navigating the chaos of the local civil war, Becker must fight assassins, court femmes fatales and negotiate with the enemy in order to complete his mission.

With Stark always by his side, Becker perseveres against all odds in hopes of making it home alive. Gibson has a co-starring role in the thriller from Highland Film Group that shot in Puerto Rico in December.

Panama, inspired by true events in 1989 in the country in central America, reunites Hauser and Gibson who previously collaborated on Paparazzi, the 2004 thriller. Hauser also stars alongside Kevin Costner in Paramount Network’s Yellowstone.

Neveldine, who co-directed the Crank movies and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, helmed Panama from a script by Daniel Adams and William R. Barber. Panama is a Yale Productions film produced by Jordan Beckerman, Jordan Yale Levine, alongside Michelle Chydzik Sowa, Michelle Reihel and Frances Lausell.

Highland Film Group is handling worldwide sales for Panama, including during Berlin’s virtual European Film Market.

By Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter