Jennifer Lawrence in Talks for Sci-Fi Drama ‘Passengers’ (Exclusive)

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Jennifer Lawrence is in early talks to star in Sony’s space drama “Passengers,” with “The Imitation Game” director Morten Tyldum to helm.

Jon Spaihts, writer of “Doctor Strange,” is penning the script. Sony bought rights to “Passengers” in December.

“Passengers” is set on a spacecraft in the future, with thousands of passengers making an interstellar voyage to a distant new planet. One passenger awakens from cryogenic sleep 90 years before anyone else and decides to wake up a female passenger, sparking the beginning of a love story.

Neal Moritz and Ori Marmur will produce through Moritz’s Original Film banner along with Michael Maher for Start Media and Stephen Hamel of Company Films.

The project has a long development history: Focus was in talks to acquire U.S. rights with Keanu Reeves attached earlier in 2014; the Weinstein Co. ditched the project earlier after acquiring the rights. Both Reese Witherspoon and Rachel McAdams were at one point attached to the project.

Tyldum has been nominated for an Oscar and a DGA award for “The Imitation Game.”

Lawrence is repped by CAA and was last seen in “Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1,” which was the highest-grossing movie of 2014. She will appear in “Mockingjay — Part 2” later this year and in “X-Men: Apocalypse” in 2016.

UPDATE, 3:53 p.m. PST — Chris Pratt is in early talks for the male lead. Pratt will be seen next in “Jurassic World.” That item of news was first reported by The Wrap.

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  1. Ruan says:

    I’ve read the script that’s available online. It’s terribly flawed. The first two acts of this by the numbers cringe-comedy were a pleasure to read. It needs a subplot to bolster the final act. Unfortunately, the most intriguing element of the story is explained by a deus ex machina character. When what caused the lead character’s cryogenic chamber to open prematurely is finally revealed, it’s awfully mundane and completely unsatisfying.

  2. Ken says:

    An interstellar movie NOT directed by Chris Nolan? Count me in!

  3. Trish Lu says:

    What Japanese movie will she ripoff this time?

  4. Thomas Seich says:

    With space travel on the horizon more of these movies are expected to hamper what is yet to come.

  5. scutarii3 says:

    Pretty cool premise

  6. Hiddleston would be a good choice. Lawrence? Hell, NO.

  7. Is it just me, or is the long-distance cryogenic sleep shtick getting old?

  8. FK says:

    This sounds like a creepy premise for a “love story”.

    I’m pretty sure that if someone woke me from cryogenic sleep, destroying my hopes of reaching the new planet alive and ensuring that I would be trapped on a spaceship for the rest of my life & eventually die there, just because s/he was lonely, I’d be incredibly pissed off, to say the least.

  9. Angel Johnson says:

    Can we get Hiddleston for the male lead?

    • john says:

      I also feel Chris Pratt may not have the acting chops to pull off such a drama like Hiddleston for ex. but it’s also possible that Chris Pratt gets the part and he is amazing and surprises everybody…

  10. john says:

    Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt in space? That would be AMAZING!

  11. WCW says:

    What uninspired casting. It’ll make money but the potential new cast is disappointing.

  12. HJ says:

    The movie sounds great…Jennifer Lawrence can play any role…I’m IN!

  13. Contessa46 says:

    Sounds interesting–hope you are planning the visual effects to REMAIN IN LA!!

  14. Loved the script, Jennifer is a great actress will pan!
    Jennifer Lawrence is so talented, she can go easy on her characters!

  15. dje says:

    This is one of the better scripts I’ve read in a long time, hope that this makes it to production. It really is one of the more interesting interstellar stories I’ve read in a long time. Excited about this pairing of director and Jennifer Lawrence, she’s one of the best young talents out there.

  16. Jbap says:

    Jennifer Lawrence is a boring actress? Righttt, sure thing, whatever you say… (heavy sarcasm). Synopsis doesn’t sound great, but obviously there’s heavy backing for the project so there must be something there.

  17. spike says:

    yawn. is that the best that a writer can do? what a boring concept. however, maybe that’s a good match, after all. jennifer lawrence is a boring actress who looks like she’s on ‘ludes all the time.

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