When you have a name like JJ Abrams attached to your film, attracting big-name actors naturally becomes that bit easier. Now, the same is currently ringing true of Julius Onah’s mysterious God Particle movie, which has just added another recognisable face in the form of Chris O’Dowd.
Having first shot to recognition after starting alongside Richard Ayoade in Channel 4 comedy The IT Crowd, O’Dowd has since gone on to carve a place for himself in cinema in a number of roles: appearances in the likes of Bridesmaids, Thor: The Dark World, Calvary, St Vincent, The Program, The Double and This Is 40 have made him a regular fixture in Hollywood. Always a likeable presence, it’s good to see him on board here.
Beyond that, there’s no word on exactly who he’s playing, or even anything more on the story besides it being about a group of astronauts on the International Space Station who make a discovery that throws into doubt the very nature of reality as we know it – and that’s all before a random spaceship floats by, throwing everything into chaos. So in other words it’s meaty subject matter injected with a healthy dose of hard sci-fi.
O’Dowd joins a cast that already includes Daniel Bruhl (Captain America: Civil War), Elizabeth Debicki (The Night Manager), John Krasinski (The Office), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle) and David Oyelowo (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes). Julius Onah (The Girl Is In Trouble) is directing from a script penned by Oren Uziel (22 Jump Street), with Abrams working alongside executive producer Tommy Harper (Big Fish, Star Trek, Gone In 60 Seconds).
God Particle will be released in cinemas on 24 February 2017. You can watch our video review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens here. For more news about the biggest movies, pick up the new issue of SciFiNow.