‘Earth’ welcomes Jennifer Connelly

Jennifer Connelly has signed on and Kathy Bates is negotiating to star in “The Day the Earth Stood Still” for 20th Century Fox. Keanu Reeves has already boarded the sci-fi remake. Scott Derrickson will direct the movie as his follow-up to “The Exorcism of Emily Rose.”The story kicks off as aliens land on Earth carrying a message for all humans: Live in peace or be destroyed. Connelly is set to portray Helen Benson, the role Patricia Neal played in the 1951 original.

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