Sunday, 26 July 2015

Michael Sheen joins Passengers

After a long time floating in development limbo, much praised science fiction script Passengers is finally gathering the people it needs to make its voyage, with Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) in the director's chair and Chris Pratt (Guardians Of The Galaxy) and Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) attached to star. Now news arrives via Variety that Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon) is set to join them.

The script, written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus), chronicles a ship en route to a distant colony with all of its crew in cryposleep. A malfunction causes one man (Pratt) to be rudely awakened 90 years before anyone else. Unable to fix the situation and seemingly doomed to spend his time dying alone, he decides to take the unusual and controversial step of waking up a fellow passenger (Lawrence).

As we now learn from Variety's report on Sheen's casting, the pair won't be completely alone on the ship, as Sheen will be playing a robot along for the ride. While the movie will have to wait for the actors' schedules to clear, it has finally gathered some forward movement after cast members and even the odd director came and went in the film's development history.

Sheen, who last appeared on the big screen in Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt) Far From The Madding Crowd, is part of the cast for thriller Oppenheimer Strategies and will be back as the White Rabbit for Alice In Wonderland (2010) sequel Alice Through The Looking Glass. He has also just returned to TV screens for the latest series of cable drama Masters Of Sex.

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