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David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw to Star in J.J. Abrams’ ‘God Particle’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Following the success of “10 Cloverfield Lane,” Paramount is moving quickly on another J.J. Abrams-produced property with David Oyelowo and Gugu Mbatha-Raw in negotiations to star in the sci-fi thriller “God Particle.”

Julius Onah is directing the film with Abrams producing through his Bad Robot banner.

Originally set up at Paramount InSurge before its shuttering, the long-in-development pic takes place in the near future. It centers on a team of astronauts who make a terrifying discovery that challenges all they know about the fabric of reality, as they desperately fight for their survival.

The film will hit theaters on Feb. 24, 2017, with production scheduled to start sometime in the second quarter.

Oyelowo has a strong relationship with Paramount dating back to his critically acclaimed portrayal of Martin Luther King, Jr. in “Selma,” as well as “Captive” opposite Kate Mara. He recently finished production on “A United Kingdom” costarring Rosamund Pike, as well as Disney’s “Queen of Katwe.” He is also shooting “American Express.”

Mbatha-Raw most recently appeared as Will Smith’s wife in “Concussion” and has the Civil War drama “Free State of Jones,” opposite Matthew McConaughey, bowing this summer.

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She can be seen next in Disney’s 2017 live-action “Beauty and the Beast” adaptation.

Paramount declined to comment.

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