Jake Gyllenhaal is bound for the Red Planet. Proving he’s made of the right stuff, Variety brings word that the Demolition actor will star opposite Ryan Reynolds and Rebecca Ferguson in Life, Skydance and Daniel Espinosa’s starry sci-fi feature.
As the title suggests, Espinosa’s – reuniting with his Safe House actor for the flick – drama centers on the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence on Mars, just don’t expect Matt Damon’s Mark Watney to be rocking out to ABBA on the sun-scorched surface.
Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese are penning the script for Life, with Paramount reportedly in line to distribute. David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn are all on board to produce.
Slowly building on the momentum from Gravity and Interstellar, one glance at Hollywood’s sci-fi slate reveals Passengers, the Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt-fronted tale of tragedy in space. While on the other end of the spectrum we have The Something, a space-set comedy starring Zach Galifianakis, Seth Rogen and Bill Hader. Regardless whether they’re aiming for Oscars or belly laughs, there’s no question that there has been a boon in sci-fi films. Long may it continue.
No word yet on a start date for Life, but we’ll keep you updated as Espinosa’s space-set feature inches toward production. Jake Gyllenhaal, on the other hand, will next be seen on screens in Jean-Marc Vallee’s Demolition, which hits theaters on April 8.