Olivia Thirlby Leading Alien Invasion Film The Darkest Hour
by Alex Billington
April 5, 2010
Hopefully everyone knows the very talented Olivia Thirlby, but if you don't, she's the young actress who played Ellen Page's best friend in Juno and also starred as the love interest in The Wackness. The New York based actress has been appearing in a lot of indies but not many major features, however that may change soon. Heat Vision reports that Thirlby has been cast as one of the leads in a new sci-fi action alien invasion project called The Darkest Hour that's being produced by Timur Bekmambetov and filmed in Moscow, Russia. Chris Gorak, who directed the post-apocalyptic indie film Right at Your Door, will be directing it.
The story is set in Moscow and follows a group of Americans traveling in the city when an alien invasion occurs. Thirlby plays a trust fund girl trying to survive the attack who teams up with others to try to defeat the invaders. Seems like alien invasion films may be a new trend in town considering we've got Battle: Los Angeles in the works, too. Other descriptions have said that this is "an action thriller that puts a twist on a classic sci-fi theme." A twist? So is there something else unique to this that we don't know about yet? Or are they just saying it's not about the military this time, but a group of tourists who have to defend our planet.
The Darkest Hour will start shooting this summer, and Bekmambetov will use his own facilities for the shoot and special effects. New Regency and Summit Entertainment are developing and distributing, with Fox taking international distribution. I'm a big fan of Thirlby and I've been waiting for her to break out. I never would've expected her to end up in a sci-fi alien invasion movie, but now that she is in this, I'm even more excited. I haven't seen Chris Gorak's Right at Your Door, but I've heard it's a great first feature and I think this could be an awesome follow-up, especially with Bekmambetov producing it as well. Stay tuned!