Sunday, 17 May 2015

Paul Giamatti and Toby Jones set for Morgan

Kate Mara (127 Hours) and Anya Taylor-Joy were cast last month, and now word arrives from The Hollywood Reporter that Paul Giammati (Sideways) and Toby Jones (Captain America: The First Avenger) have signed onto the cast of Luke Scott's science fiction thriller Morgan. Boyd Holbrook (Gone Girl) is also negotiating to jump aboard, but hasn't quite made a deal yet.

Morgan revolves around a corporate risk management consultant (Mara), although the actual corporate risk management depicted on screen will likely be kept to a minimum when the consultant is summoned to a remote lab to evaluate an artificial being (Taylor-Joy) with a view to its termination.

Giamatti will be playing a psychologist who struggles to actually relate to people, while Jones will be the chief scientist in charge of the facility. The role Holbrook is up for is that of a nutritionist working for Jones.

There are certainly shades of Alex Garland's Ex Machina in Seth Owen's 2014 Black List script, although it also taps into Luke's father Ridley Scott's artificial intelligence explorations in Alien (1979) and Prometheus (2012). Ridley Scott, who is currently directing Mara in The Martian, is producing alongside Scott Free's Michael Schaefer (Exodus: Gods And Kings) and Elishia Holmes (Child 44).

Luke Scott worked as second unit director on Exodus: Gods And Kings (2014), and makes his solo directorial feature debut here. Shooting, by the sound of things, should be underway in the near future, but there are no release dates pencilled in as yet.

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