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Reese Witherspoon, nowadays known more for her, er, law-enforcement antics than her professional movie career as “America’s Sweetheart”, has joined the cast of the long-gestating Keanu Reeves sci-fi film “Passengers”.
The film, set to be directed by Brian Kirk (who has a trio of “Game of Thrones” episodes under his belt, along with a pretty extensive UK TV filmography), will find Reeves playing the lead, with Witherspoon joining as his love interest.
Written by Jon Spaihts (PROMETHEUS), the story revolves around a spacecraft transporting human cargo to a distant colony planet that malfunctions causing one passenger (Reeves) to prematurely thaw from a cryogenic slumber nearly a century before anyone else. Faced with the prospect of growing old and dying alone, he decides to wake up a second passenger, marking the beginning of what becomes a unique love story.
Spaihts, as mentioned, is the same guy who wrote “Prometheus” and the simply atrocious alien invasion flick “The Darkest Hour”. “Passengers”, which has been around since 2010 with Reeves attached throughout, is apparently the script that put him on the map.
Exclusive Media will handle International sales for the film, which is set to shoot early next year sometime in January 2014.