Any film set on a space station or an equivalent brings the best out of its ensemble. The cast of Alien, The Martian, Interstellar, Apollo 13, Serenity, and Prometheus each excelled because of their tight quarters and the fact that any tiny problem is immediately exacerbated when you're in a tight, metal abode thousands of miles from any other human being. The upcoming drama Life is set to follow this trend, especially because it has assembled a tip-top array of actors that will undoubtedly thrive in such conditions.
Of course, after a solitary gaze at who's appearing in Life, the likes of Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal are bound to immediately stand out. There's every chance, though, that come the end of the movie, they'll have been eclipsed by one or all of their co-stars, which includes Rebecca Ferguson, Olga Dihovichnaya, Ariyon Bakare, and Hiroyuki Sanada, each of whom are riddled with acting moxie.
During my visit to the set of Life back in August, I had the chance to sit down with all of the cast alongside a group of other journalists. During our chat, they each broke down their roles on the International Space Station, and their revelations gave us a quick insight into the dynamic that we'll see in Life. Here's what they had to say,
Ryan Reynolds - Rory Adams
Since he's in Life let's start with one of the biggest movie stars on the planet right now, Mr. Ryan Reynolds. During our chat, Reynolds revealed that he plays Rory Adams, who is "an engineer, sort of a generalized mechanic." Reynolds continued, "My specialty is the space walk and the mechanical arm, which extends beyond the ISS and serves as a giant catcher's glove, basically." When we chatted to production designer Marc Holmes, he teased an "outside sequence ... kind of a rescue sequence," which suggests Rory Adams' skills will be put to the test.
It turns out that Adams' tasks extend beyond the mechanical arm, though, as Reynolds added, "That's my sort of mission up here, is to operate those things... and to just fix crap that breaks." Being so gosh darn charming, Reynolds will undoubtedly find a witty and charismatic way to fix a toilet.