We’re very excited about Alex Garland’s upcoming film of Jeff Vandermeer’s brilliant sci-fi novel Annihilation, especially since the casting is so promising. Natalie Portman and Jane The Virgin‘s Gina Rodriguez have been confirmed, and now another excellent name has been thrown into the mix.
The Wrap reports that Tessa Thompson, the star of Dear White People and Creed, is “being eyed” to join Garland in his second film as director, following Ex Machina. The site suggests that she’s in early talks, and notes that she’s got a lot of options to consider following the massive success of Ryan Coogler’s Creed. Garland and company are hoping to start production this Spring.
Thompson has also starred in Ava DuVernay’s Selma, and will appear in three episodes of upcoming HBO sci-fi show Westworld.
If she joins Annihilation, she’ll play one of “a group of women who take on a dangerous mission where the laws of nature don’t apply. The group consists of an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist who serves as the group’s de facto leader; and a biologist, who serves as the narrator.”
Here’s that novel synopsis again: “Welcome to Area X. An Edenic wilderness, an environmental disaster zone, a mystery for thirty years.
For thirty years, Area X, monitored by the secret agency known as the Southern Reach, has remained mysterious and remote behind its intangible border– an environmental disaster zone, though to all appearances an abundant wilderness. Eleven expeditions have been sent in to investigate; even for those that have made it out alive, there have been terrible consequences.
‘Annihilation’ is the story of the twelfth expedition and is told by its nameless biologist. Introverted but highly intelligent, the biologist brings her own secrets with her. She is accompanied by a psychologist, an anthropologist and a surveyor, their stated mission: to chart the land, take samples and expand the Southern Reach’s understanding of Area X.
But they soon find out that they are being manipulated by forces both strange and all too familiar. An unmapped tunnel is not as it first appears. An inexplicable moaning calls in the distance at dusk. And while each member of the expedition has surrendered to the authority of the Southern Reach, the power of Area X is far more difficult to resist.”