Actress joins Viggo Mortensen in film

Charlize Theron has signed on to join Viggo Mortensen in the bigscreen adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s bestselling novel “The Road” for 2929 Entertainment.

Dimension Films will distribute domestically.

Story centers on a man who embarks on a nightmarish road trip after a nuclear explosion in an attempt to transport his son to safety while fending off cannibals. Aussie helmer John Hillcoat (“The Proposition”) is directing from a screenplay by Joe Penhall.

Theron, who will play the wife of Mortensen’s character, will be seen mostly in flashback. Although the role is small, Theron joined the project because she’s a big fan of the book — published by Knopf in 2006 — and was eager to reteam with producer Nick Wechsler, with whom she worked on 2000’s “The Yards.”

Wechsler is producing alongside Steve Schwartz and Paula Mae Schwartz. Shooting is set to begin next month.

Theron is currently filming “The Burning Plain,” also for 2929. She recently wrapped “Hancock” opposite Will Smith and the indie drama “Sleepwalking,” which she also produced.

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