The Fast and the Furious director Rob Cohen has settled on his latest pair of storm-chasers, with news emerging today that Ryan Kwanten and Taken star Maggie Grace have landed roles in upcoming disaster pic, Category 5.
Kwanten and Grace now join a cast that already features Ben-Hur and Fantastic Four‘s Toby Kebbell, who closed a deal to headline the drama late last month. He’ll play the part of a meteorologist who, alongside his ex-Marine brother (Kwanten) and a US Treasury agent (Grace), must pull together to thwart a devastating hack on the U.S. Mint Facility during one of the greatest storms on record.
Blending genres in the hope of creating a pulse-pounding thriller, Category 5 is based on an original script penned by Cohen himself, with help from Scott Windhauser, Jeff Dixon, Anthony Fingleton, and Carlos Davis.
Here’s the official pitch for the feature film:
“A team of tech hackers who infiltrate a U.S. Mint facility for a $200 million heist, just as the storm of the century, Category 5, is about to strike. A meteorologist, a hurricane chaser and a woman treasury agent must survive the horrific storm while stopping the thieves from getting away with the heist of the century.”
Also starring Ralph Ineson as the criminal mastermind, Randy Couture, Melissa Bolona, and Jamie Andrew Cutler, Category 5 proved to be one of the main events at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year, where Foresight Unlimited paraded the disaster pic to international buyers. Now that the cast is really beginning to take shape, we don’t imagine it’ll be long before Cohen’s movie settles on a release window.
Category 5 will leap into production on August 1 ahead of a release at some point in 2017.