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Too often, when a film features time travel, a ton of time is spent trying to explain the time traveling with displays of elaborate devices and long-winded speeches, instead of getting to the meat of the story in which the time travel is taking place. If the upcoming adaptation of Robert Heinlein’s short story “---All You Zombies---“ is anything like the source material, the story will be much too busy piling paradoxes to try and explain everything.
The second cast member to join the film, titled Predestination, will be Australian actress Sarah Snook, whom Deadline reports will play the film’s female lead opposite Ethan Hawke. Predestination will be written and directed by Michael and Peter Spierig, the brothers responsible for 2009’s promising but troublesome vampire drama Daybreakers, which also starred Hawke.
Popular in Australia for her work on the TV show Spirited, Snook was recently seen opposite True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten in the procreation comedy Not Suitable for Children and will soon appear with Mark Webber and Joelle Carter in Kevin Greutert’s horror Ghosts, which was written by comedy actor/writer Robert Ben Garant. At one point she was also on the shortlist to play Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Even a cursory description of Heinlein’s story would no doubt reveal too many spoilers, so it’s best just to use Predestination ‘s logline, which sounds like the first draft of Rian Johnson’s Looper.
“A detective from a covert government agency travels back in time to seek out his younger self and catch the one criminal who has eluded him for his entire career.”
Perhaps if this film makes as big of an impact on Hollywood as Looper did, the mostly untapped backlog of Heinlein stories could keep cinema weighed down with quality science fiction for years to come.