Zooey Deschanel Cast in M. Night Shyamalan's Happening
I don't know what happened to Bryce Dallas Howard, who was always M. Night Shyamalan's frontrunner, but I'm certainly pleased with his latest choice. In M. Night's upcoming thriller The Happening (which we've mentioned plenty before), Zooey Deschanel (from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) has just joined the cast alongside of Mark Wahlberg. As a quick recap, the film is about a man who takes his family on the run when an apocalyptical natural crisis threatens to end civilization, an eco-thriller as its being called. Sounds somewhat like a mix of War of the Worlds and The Day After Tomorrow, but with an M. Night Shyamalan twist.
Wahlberg plays the father of the family, Elliot Moore, but no specifics on what character Zooey will play have been announced yet. It starts shooting this August in Philadelphia for a Friday the 13th,summer of 2008 release and a $57 million budget. The film is Shyamalan's first R-rated film, and with the poor performance of his last film, Lady in the Water, maybe this one will be different and a possible return to form. So far he's got great casting choices, as is always one of his strong points, now we're left to see if the story will hold up.