Ali Larter Might Join the Cast of Matthew Gratzner's UFO Movie
A couple of weeks ago it was announced that Joshua Jackson would be starring in Matthew Gratzner's big screen adaptation of UFO, originally a 70's British sci-fi television series. Gratzner revealed to Forbidden Planet that Ali Larter is being considered for the lead female role. “For the character of Virginia Lake we've talked to Ali Larter, who's very interested." Gratzner told them. "I've actually met with her, and I think she would be a great addition to the picture. Lake is very strong and obviously also very feminine, and Ali Larter definitely encompasses that.” Larter recently appeared in Resident Evil: Extinction and Obsessed last year.
UFO will also apparently be a trilogy. "There are three movies planned. The first script is completed, and number two and number three are treatments - and numbers two and three are even more spectacular," he added. Apparently Gratzner's getting a $130 million budget for this and is aiming to start shooting in the spring in the UK. Gratzner is a visual effects industry veteran who has worked on numerous studio movies including Iron Man, Hancock, Superman Returns, War of the Worlds, and Shutter Island most recently. The screenplay for this new UFO adaptation was written by newcomers Ryan Gaudet and Joseph Kanarek.
As a refresher, UFO is about a test pilot named Paul Foster who joins S.H.A.D.O. (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defense Organization), a covert organization built underneath a Hollywood studio that defends Earth against aliens who are abducting humans for body parts. It doesn't sound like Larter is officially attached yet, so don't take this as confirmed casting. But it seems like she'll eventually sign on. Joshua Jackson and Ali Larter as the two leads in a big budget sci-fi movie? Sounds good, I guess. I'm not particularly fond of either actor, but I'll remain open-minded about this. We'll let you know if we hear anything, so stay tuned.