Abbie Cornish (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” “Limitless,” “Bright Star,” “Geostorm”) has signed on to star in “Dakota”, a family, action-adventure film from Iervolino Entertainment. She will play the lead.

When Marine Clet Sanders tragically dies in Afghanistan, Sargent TJ Malcom fulfills a promise to bring Dakota, Clet’s best friend and combat dog, home to his family’s farm. Clet’s wife Kate (Abbie Cornish) is struggling to maintain the small-town farm with her daughter, while also running the local volunteer fire department, so TJ offers to stay and help out. Dakota quickly adjusts to life on the farm and becomes a local hero after rescuing a woman from a burning building. Meanwhile, the local Sheriff knows that Kate’s land is valuable and has been leaning on her to sell the farm. He’ll stop at nothing to get his hands on the land, including setting fire to the farm. With the help of TJ, her daughter, and her new best friend, Dakota, Kate realizes the true value of the family farm and most importantly, friendship.

Kirk Harris will direct with a screenplay from Johnny Harrington (“I Still Know What You Did Last Summer”). Andrea Iervolino, Monika Bacardi, Marty Poole, Kirk Harris, and Ace Underhill are producing.

Filming will begin next month in Italy.