Milla Jovovich Will Save The World In Survivor

By Nick Venable 2013-10-08 13:00:35discussion comments
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This story sounds like the result of a movie-themed party game, where you fill a hat with names of talented Hollywood players not currently at the top of their game, and then you pick five and make up a movie plot around them. Maybe I’ve stumbled upon some kind of ancient movie producer secret just now. Deadline reports The Raven director James McTeigue’s next project will be the thriller Survivorand it has already locked up Milla Jovovich, Angela Bassett, Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan to star in the Millennium Films production. It’ll be the first feature written by novelist Phil Shelby. Let’s hope the sum of the film is equaled to its quality parts.

For Survivor, Jovovich will be playing a State Department employee working a new position in London’s American embassy, tasked with diverting terrorists from making it to the U.S. For this, she becomes targeted by someone and framed for a series of crimes. She then has to go on the run to try and prove her innocence, on top of trying to stop a huge terrorist attack in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. There’s no word on what any of the other cast members will be doing here, but it would be nice to see either Bassett or Thompson playing the evildoer in this situation, rather than the stereotypical foreign villain. Regardless of who gets chosen, I can only hope the only person seriously injured in the film will be Ryan Seacrest, hosting New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.

McTeigue, who also helmed 2009’s Ninja Assassin and 2005’s V for Vendetta, is planning on rebooting the Jean-Claude Van Damme’s fighting flick Bloodsport at some point, but it looks like Survivor is coming along a lot quicker.

Jovovich, who has built a career out of her Alice role in the Resident Evil franchise, is currently filming the all-star action fest The Expendables 3 for Patrick Hughes, and Michael Almereyda’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline.

Staring Wednesday, October 8, you can see Bassett as voodoo queen Marie Laveau in what is hopefully her juiciest role in years for FX’s American Horror Story: Coven. She’ll also be seen in Kasi Lemmons holiday drama Black Nativity and Greg Araki’s disappearance thriller White Bird in a Blizzard.

Oscar winner Thompson recently starred in the YA adaptation Beautiful Creatures and Joel Hopkins’ comedy Love Punch (which also starred Brosnan). She’ll also be starring as author P.L. Travers in the Walt Disney-centered Saving Mr. Banks, as well as starring in Richard Laxton’s historical drama Effie Gray, which she also wrote. She also penned the upcoming adaptations of Paddington and Annie.

Brosnan, who had a great bit part in Edgar Wright’s The World’s End a few months ago, will be seen next year in the Nick Hornby adaptation A Long Way Down from Pascal Chaumeil, and the Roger Donaldson thriller November Man.

Originally set to star Clive Owen and Katherine Heigl, Survivor is set to begin production in London on January 20, 2014.
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