Though he might be best known in the science fiction world for his portrayal of the younger Charles Xavier in the recent X-Men movies, James McAvoy is looking elsewhere for a role in the genre. News arrives via Deadline that he is in talks to play a man confronting an army bent on Earth's destruction in Extinction.
According to Deadline, this one has been floating around for a while, attracting a number of writers including Spenser Cohen, Brad Caleb Kane (Marco Polo), and Eric Heisserer (Lights Out), who is currently winning plaudits for scripting Denis Villeneuve's (Sicario) new science fiction drama Arrival.
McAvoy would play a husband and father who is haunted by nightmares in which his wife is attacked, but gets a chance to defend his planet when Earth is invaded. But even as he becomes a hero, he realises that the new arrivals might not be quite what he expected.
There is no director attached as yet, and for now production companies Good Universe and Mandeville Films are keeping this one in development until the right director can be found. But McAvoy's attachment certainly won't hurt the process. The actor will show up in Split, which arrives here 20 January, Wim Wenders' (Pina) Submergence and spy thriller The Coldest City, which arrives on 11 August next year.