Reese Witherspoon Out, Rachel McAdams In for 'Passengers' Sci-Fi
by Ethan Anderton
October 25, 2013
At the beginning of the summer, Reese Witherspoon was initially reported to be joining Keanu Reeves in Passengers, a new sci-fi romance with "Game of Thrones" director Brian Kirk on board to direct the story set in the future on a spacecraft making a centuries-long interstellar voyage to a new planet. Due to a computer glitch, a single passenger (Reeves) awakens from his cryogenic sleep 90 years before anyone else. Faced with the prospect of growing old and dying alone, he in turn, awakens another beautiful woman to spend time with. Witherspoon was going to be that woman, but now Deadline says it's Rachel McAdams.
The film will likely draw comparisons to Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity, but this is also a beautiful script that should work very well on the big screen in its own right. The Weinstein Company is behind the film which will be shopped around at the American Film Market, and McAdams is currently ironing out her deal to take the role from Witherspoon whose schedule didn't work with the production timetable. The plan is for the film to arrive sometime in late 2014, likely hoping for some Oscar buzz with the script from Prometheus screenwriter Jon Spaihts. McAdams feels like a better choice than Witherspoon, but we'll find out.