Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Sam Worthington set for The Shack

As he starts work on his latest film The Shack, director Stuart Hazeldine (Exam) is building quite the cast. With Octavia Spencer (The Help) already attached to play God, news now arrives via Variety that Sam Worthington (Avatar) is now aboard as the lead.

Adapted by John Fusco (The Forbidden Kingdom) from William Paul Young's 2007 novel, the story follows a man (Worthington) whose youngest daughter is kidnapped during a family holiday. Evidence turns up in an abandoned shack to suggest she was murdered, which stymies the case. But then, four years later, he receives a note, apparently from God, inviting him to go back to the ruined building. He accepts, against his better judgement, and what he finds there changes his life forever. Given whom Spencer is playing, we are guessing it won't be a false lead.

Hazeldine has been busy setting up the film, which has yet to lock in a release date. As for Worthington, he was recently attached to Gerard Butler (300) heist thriller Den Of Thieves and will next be seen on our screens in Baltasar Kormákur's (Contraband) Everest, due 25 September. There is also the small matter of several Avatar sequels still lurking on his future slate as soon as James Cameron is ready to revisit Pandora.

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