The folks over at Fandango surveyed more than 1,000 movie fans and polled them on which stars and films they’re most anticipating to see grace the screen in 2015. Naturally, Star Wars, Avengers and Hunger Games topped the film categories, and the actor lists were very much a reflection of this ranking.
Jessica Chastain and Kristen Wiig are being considered for roles opposite Matt Damon in The Martian. Based on the novel by Andy Weir, this space-set drama will be delve into realistic science-fiction the way Gravity did. Like that Sandra Bullock-fronted thriller, The Martian focuses on an astronaut who is abandoned in space following a mission gone wrong.
Sir Ridley Scott likes to keep a number of irons in the fire. At one point, the legendary filmmaker’s IMDB had nearly as many “announced” projects as it did completed features. The Englishman likes to work, even at the older age of 76, and he has several sandboxes in which he’s able to play.
Earlier this year, the director's seat for the upcoming sci-fi story The Martian was vacated right when Matt Damon was announced to star. In the wake of that development, the studio had to start searching for a replacement, and when it comes to space, solitude and sci-fi, one of the first names you go to is Ridley Scott.
The Fox thriller The Martian has become a priority at the studio, and with Goddard's dance card it looks like they'll have to part ways with him. This comes on the heels of Matt Damon apparently joining the project, which is apparently borne out of his relationship with Elysium producer Simon Kinberg, who is also behind this film.
The titular Martian is a man stranded on Mars who needs to figure out how to survive on the planet long enough for his return trip back to Earth. The source calls the film “a cross between Apollo 13 and Cast Away."