Though her last big screen role was in 2011’s Hugo, Emily Mortimer has been keeping plenty busy on the small screen, starring on two HBO series, The Newsroom and Doll & Em, the latter of which she created and wrote. Now, we’re hearing that the talented actress will be making her way back to the big screen with a starring role in Legendary’s upcoming supernatural military thriller, Spectral.
Mortimer is set to star as a CIA mission leader in the movie, which is described as a supernatural Black Hawk Down and focuses on “a special-ops team that fights supernatural beings that have taken over a European city.” Dale, known for supporting roles in The Grey, Iron Man 3 and World War Z, boarded the project a few months back as a researcher.
It was previously reported that Spectral would find the special-ops team combatting a threat to New York City, but that appears to have been incorrect. Regardless of where it’s set, we have reason to be excited for this project. George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau, The Bourne Ultimatum) and John Gatins (Flight, Real Steel) teamed up to rewrite the Ian Fried-penned script, and anything those three talented screenwriters have come up with should be worth checking out. The initial description sounds like Spectral is trying to be a war thriller with a supernatural bent, which a few films have found success with in the past (The Objective comes to mind for me).
Nic Mathieu will make his directorial debut on the film, which will likely begin rolling cameras soon. Mortimer and Dale are both supremely talented actors, so it will be great to watch them share the screen in Spectral. The supporting cast includes Max Martini and Clayne Crawford (so good on SundanceTV’s Rectify), so chances are this film could end up being both thrilling and exceptionally well-acted.
We’ll definitely be keeping an eye on things to see how Spectral develops, so stay tuned.