Joel Edgerton Joining Michael Shannon for Jeff Nichols' New Sci-Fi
Last month, Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom, Zero Dark Thirty) held his own against Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby, and Warner Bros. seems to be interested in keeping him around the lot as Variety reports the actor is now in talks to join the new untitled sci-fi film from Mud and Take Shelter director Jeff Nichols. Michael Shannon (Man of Steel) is already on board to lead the film which is being kept under tight wraps for now. The only details that have surfaced describe the film as "a present day sci-fi chase film," which sounds completely different than anything Nichols has done in his indie filmmaking past. Read on!
When this project first surfaced, we tried to figure out what this mysterious new project might be from various quotes Nichols gave in interviews around the web. The best bet seems to be a project Nichols called Midnight Special. Nichols mentioned to SlashFilm that he was writing the project and described it as a sci-fi picture in the vein of John Carpenter's 1986 film Starman. The phrase "government chase film" was also used, so that sounds like our culprit. Edgerton is a great addition to the cast, and we're always happy to see Shannon reteam with Nichols. Hopefully we hear some more story details sooner. Sound good?