EXCLUSIVEMing-Na Wen (The Book of Boba Fett) and Esai Morales (Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning – Part One) have signed on to star alongside Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool) within the long-gestating sci-fi thriller Persephone, from director Jeffrey Morris (Oceanus: Act One).

Morris’ first characteristic follows refugees from a dying earth, who’re touring aboard an unlimited house vessel known as Odyssey. Their vacation spot is Proxima b—a planet orbiting the closest star. When a crew is dispatched to restore a protect designed to guard their colony from lethal photo voltaic flares, a pc malfunction causes them to crash-land on the alien planet. The crew then uncover that they is probably not the one life on this hostile world. A thriller unfolds that will not solely derail their mission, but additionally forestall the colonists from ever setting foot on the planet.

Morris penned the script, additionally co-authoring a companion novel with New York Times bestselling writer Kevin J. Anderson (Prelude to Dune). He may also produce by way of his FutureDude Entertainment, alongside Anne Marie Gillen (Fried Green Tomatoes), Jorge Heredia (Que Pasa Miami?), and the duo of Jane Fleming and Mark Ordesky (The Quest). Cassian Elwes (Dallas Buyers Club) will exec produce, with Anderson serving as co-executive producer, and Jasmin Espada (Free Dead or Alive) as co-producer. Highland Film Group is dealing with worldwide rights, and can launch gross sales on the upcoming Cannes Marché du Film.

“I’m tremendously honored and excited to be working with this wonderful solid and crew to enact a singular imaginative and prescient of the longer term,” stated Morris. “Through our collaboration, the aim is to create a way of realism and exploration that’s far past the everyday sci-fi house journey.”

“We have been instantly captivated by the ambition and integrity of Jeffrey’s imaginative and prescient,” stated Fleming and Ordesky in a joint assertion. “The world constructing is so rigorously researched and richly imagined, it looks like getting into an actual future. And the wrestle for co-existence that animates Persephone couldn’t be extra very important or well timed.”

“From my very first dialog with author/director Jeffrey Morris, I knew we had a connection. He had already written a wonderful, gritty Sci-Fi script, and our brainstorming introduced it much more to life,” added Anderson. “Persephone is full of unimaginable concepts, and I like being part of it.”

Morris beforehand directed the sci-fi shorts Parallel Man: Infinite Pursuit and Oceanus: Act One, which can be found for streaming on Gunpowder & Sky’s style streaming service, Dust.

Wen has portrayed bounty hunter Fennec Shand on the Star Wars collection The Mandalorian and The Bad Batch, and can quickly reprise the position on Disney+’s The Book of Boba Fett. The actress may also quickly characteristic within the second season of HBO Max’s hit comedy collection Hacks, HBO Max’s animated collection Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai and Tom Gustafson’s movie Glitter & Doom. She has beforehand appeared in each animated and live-action variations of Mulan, in addition to movies together with Ralph Breaks the Internet, The Darkness, Push, Prom Night, The Joy Luck Club and Street Fighter. Additional TV credit embrace Young Sheldon, Yasuke, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Stargate Universe.

Morales may also quickly be seen within the seventh and eighth installments of the Mission Impossible franchise, in addition to Paul Schrader’s thriller Master Gardener. He’s beforehand appeared in such movies as SuperFly, Gun Hill Road and Fast Food Nation, amongst many others. His TV credit embrace How to Get Away with Murder, Titans, Ozark, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, The Brink, Magic City and Jericho.

Hildebrand performed Negasonic Teenage Warhead within the first two Deadpool movies, and has additionally been seen in options together with Playing with Fire, Tragedy Girls and First Girl I Loved. Her TV credit embrace Lucifer, Trinkets and The Exorcist.

Wen is represented by Link Entertainment and Innovative Artists; Morales by Link Entertainment, Vault Entertainment, Innovative Artists and Eric Feig Entertainment & Media Law; Hildebrand by ICM Partners; and Heredia by Aquos Entertainment Group.

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