Jeff Daniels Takes a Top Post at NASA in Ridley Scott's 'The Martian'
This fall, Jeff Daniels steps away from the news desk on HBO with the third and final season of "The Newsroom" and gets stupid again in the comedy sequel Dumb & Dumber To. But next he'll next be taking a prestigious job at NASA as THR reports the actor who has been seen in films such as Good Night and Good Luck and Looper has taken a role in Ridley Scott's developing sci-fi drama The Martian. The film follows Matt Damon as an astronaut who ends up stranded in a Martian colony and struggles to survive long enough to be able to make it back to Earth as NASA tries to launch a rescue mission. So what is Daniels doing?
Daniels will play the director of NASA dealing with the crisis, likely a role akin to the Ed Harris role in Apollo 13, a role that he somewhat reprise in voiceover form in Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity. The trade also reports that previously mentioned names Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig and Kate Mara are still circling roles, though no mention of the other reported addition of Michael Pena, who probably has a role on the NASA team as well. Anyway, the film written by Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods) is trying to firm up a cast so they can start production and meet the looming release date on November 25th, 2015.