Monday, 18 January 2016

Tessa Thompson in talks for Alex Garland's Annihilation

Currently on our screens as fledgling musician Bianca in Rocky spin-off Creed, Tessa Thompson is now in early talks for what could be another major role. Alex Garland (Ex Machina) is considering her for his next science fiction film, Annihilation.

The adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer's novel has been in development since 2013, when producer Scott Rudin bought the rights and set the project up at Paramount Pictures, with Garland jumping aboard in late 2014 and Natalie Portman (Black Swan) and Gina Rodriguez (Jane The Virgin) already considering two of the lead roles.

VanderMeer's book chronicles an expedition into a mysterious, remote and sealed-off zone known as Area X. For 30 years, Area X has been labelled by the government as an environmental disaster zone, despite seemingly being a pristine wilderness. For 30 years, too, a secret agency called the Southern Reach has monitored Area X and sent in expeditions to try to discover the truth.

Some expeditions have suffered terrible consequences. Others have reported nothing out of the ordinary. Now, as Area X seems to be changing and perhaps expanding, the next investigation will attempt to succeed where all others have failed. What is happening in the zone? What is the true nature of the invisible border that surrounds it? Our heroine (Portman, if she signs) and guide for the latest attempt to discover the truth behind the place is a biologist looking for answers to her husband's disappearance as part of an earlier expedition. She and her colleagues soon discover that all is definitely not what it seems and that they are all being manipulated...

Thompson – who has been seen in movies such as When A Stranger Calls (2006) and The Human Contract (2008) – has already forged a successful TV career, playing Charlotte Hale in HBO's new take on Westworld. Creed, already tipped as an Academy Award® contender, is out in UK cinemas now.

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