Saturday, 27 September 2014

Kate Mara set for The Martian

Ridley Scott (Prometheus) is currently splitting his time between putting the final touches on Exodus: Gods And Kings and preparing to make his next film, science fiction adaptation The Martian. Building his cast around Matt Damon (Elysium), Scott has just signed Kate Mara (127 Hours) for one of the prime roles.

The Martian, adapted from Andy Weir's book by Drew Goddard (The Cabin In The Woods), finds Damon playing NASA astronaut Mark Watney. He is left stranded on Mars after his crewmates on the Ares 3 mission are forced to evacuate by a dust storm.

To stave off death on the Red Planet, Watney fights for survival, trying to rustle up water and grow crops. Meanwhile, his fellow astronauts are kept in the dark about his survival during their voyage back to Earth on the Hermes spacecraft. NASA struggles to find some way to rescue Watney, and the Hermes astronauts try to help when they finally learn he's alive.

With shooting pencilled in for a November start, Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) and Kristen Wiig (The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty) have been circling roles in the film, though we don't know whether Mara's casting means she has been offered one of those parts instead. Mara's next big screen role is as Sue Storm in 20th Century Fox's the new take on The Fantastic Four, which lands here on 18 June next year.

Speaking of Scott, he's adding yet another project to his ever expanding production pile, buying the film rights to Betty J. Eadie's book Embraced By The Light. The 1992 tome chronicles Eadie's experiences after dying for four hours during surgery and what she learned from her apparent glimpses of the afterlife.

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