Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Kruger & Emile Hirsch Rise for 'Midnight Sun'
It's safe to say that Jesse Eisenberg's performance in The Social Network took his career to the next level, but the actor hasn't been in the spotlight too much since 2010. He had a rough follow-up with the horrible 30 Minutes or Less, but then starred in Woody Allen's To Rome with Love and has Richard Ayoade's mystery The Double and the illusionist heist thriller Now You See Me on the way this year. Now ScreenDaily reports that the Best Actor nominee is keeping his hot streak alive, as Eisenberg has joined a period piece called Midnight Sun. Plus Diane Kruger and Emile Hirsch star in the 1940s atomic bomb drama.
Written and directed by actor/director Chris Eigeman (Turn the River), the story is set in 1943 and follows two recent graduates (Eisenberg and Hirsch) who are hired to work on a secret project in New Mexico. With one of their wives in tow (Kruger), the group ditches its free-wheeling, jazz-heavy New York past and heads west to live with a secret desert community of scientists.
Sounds like it could be a gradual horror story where these scientists find out what they're really doing out there, or it could even have goals as lofty as making a statement about the ethical nature of using nuclear weapons in warfare. This wouldn't be the first film to address these concerns, but with fantastic actors like Eisenberg, Kruger, and Hirsch on board, it definitely has our attention. Filming is set to begin this summer, with a release expected sometime in 2014. Sound good?