Aussie actor Joel Edgerton, coming off the one-two punch of Jane Got a Gun and Jeff Nichols’ old-school sci-fi Midnight Special, is reportedly circling the lead role in supernatural pic, It Comes at Night.
That’s according to Deadline, noting that Edgerton has opened talks to headline the thriller. Trey Edward Shults is attached to direct, placing Edgerton in the shoes of “a father who will stop at nothing to protect his wife and son from a malevolent, mysterious presence terrorizing them right outside their doorstep.”
A24 will handle domestic distribution duties, potentially aligning the movie with a late 2017 release. It’ll also produce Trey Edward Shults’ thriller, who is coming off the back of festival hit Krisha. That represented the start of a two-picture deal between Shults and A24.
It Comes at Night remains in pre-production at this early, early stage. Beyond that, Edgerton also has roles in American Express and Bright in the works, the latter of which has him star as an orc fighting crime opposite Will Smith. Originally pitched by screenwriter Max Landis, the project fast became one of the hottest properities on the market before eventually finding a home at Netflix, where Suicide Squad’s David Ayer will direct.