From 2005 to 2012, Kyra Sedgwick's film career took a backseat to the shooting schedule of her TNT crime drama series The Closer. But after seven seasons and scads of Emmy and Golden Globes nominations—as well as a few wins—the show drew to a close last summer. But don't cry for Kyra. She bounced back with the hit horror flick The Possession.

Though critically scorned, the $14 million Dibbuk Box thriller scored at the box office, earning more than $76 mil worldwide. Then her next release, Kill Your Darlings drew wild praise at its Sundance premiere. With two more movies already in post (John Herzfeld's drama Reach Me, and Jay Alaimo's dramedy Chlorine), Sedgwick is lining up her next gig with a first-time filmmaker.

Variety reports Sedgwick has signed on to star in Rays of Light, a sci-fi film from Batan Silva. A well-established first assistant director, Silva has worked with such esteemed auteurs as Terrence Malick (To the Wonder), Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel), Julian Schnabel (Before Night Falls), and James Cameron (Titanic). So, we can assume he's picked up some pro tips along the course of his nearly 30-year-long career. Though Silva has helmed a string of television projects, including the Mexican mystery series Nino Santo, this will mark his feature directorial debut.

Rays of Light will have Sedgwick playing the matriarch of a dysfunctional family that attempts to carry on, living in their posh estate house after the sun dies. Sci-fi premises like this are uniquely terrifying, and fans of this scary subgenre have plenty to look forward to between this movie and J.J. Abrams' black hole thriller The God Particle coming up.

Production on Rays of Light is expected to kick off later this month in Nashville.

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