Saturday, 25 March 2017

Wyatt Russell and Jovan Adepo set for Overlord

It looks like World War II thrillers with supernatural undertones are becoming something of a trend. We already have Ghosts Of War on the radar and now news arrives via Deadline that Bad Robot are working on their own project, Overlord, recruiting Wyatt Russell (Everybody Wants Some!!) and Jovan Adepo (Fences).

Paramount Pictures are backing this one, which has a script by Billy Ray (The Hunger Games) and Mark L. Smith (The Revenant) and Julius Avery (Son Of A Gun) in the director's chair. Overlord is set on the eve of D-Day and finds a group of American paratroopers dropped behind enemy lines for a mission that they have been told is crucial to the invasion's success.

But as they approach their target, a Nazi-occupied village, they discover that there is something much scarier and more dangerous going on, as the enemy's experimental tinkering with supernatural forces has unleashed something truly dangerous for the soldiers to fight. Given J.J. Abrams' (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) attachment as producer, expect there to be speculation as to whether this one fits into the Cloverfield extended universe.

Overlord should be starting shooting this May in the UK. Russell has several movies headed our way, including Table 19, which arrives in cinemas 7 April, and Goon (2011) sequel Goon: Last Of The Enforcers. Adepo is part of the cast for The Leftovers and has a role in Darren Aronofsky's (Black Swan) new film, Mother!, due out on 3 November.

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