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When you release the biggest movie of the year (at least up to this point), one that could possibly revamp the way studios approach superhero movies (the R-rated option is being discussed far more than a few months ago), what do you do for an encore? Well, if you’re Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, you pen the sci-fi thriller Life. The project has already attracted some top shelf talent, but it just added another in the form of Jake Gyllenhaal.
Daniel Espinosa, the man behind Snabba Cash and Safe House, will direct Life, and Variety reports that Jake Gyllenhaal has just joined the science fiction party. And he’s only the latest big name to sign up, as Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds has agreed to reteam with Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation breakout star Rebecca Ferguson has also been cast in a key role. They’re set to form a formidable core trio indeed.
There isn’t a ton to know about what Life entails at this point. What little we know of the story revolves around a crew of astronauts on the International Space Station. Somehow or other, they discover life on Mars, only to realize that it is much more intelligent than they originally anticipated. And given that Life has been described from the get go as a thriller, it’s an easy jump to the conclusion that this discovery is none too benevolent and has some rather nasty things in store for our heroes.
The casting notice doesn’t indicate who Jake Gyllenhaal is going to play in Life, but again, given the available plot description, the assumption is that he will be one of the astronauts trying to survive whatever horrors the extraterrestrial menace presents. We guess the same for Ryan Reynolds and Rebecca Ferguson as well.
Jake Gyllenhaal has a fairly busy schedule coming up. The 35-year-old actor has Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallee’s Demolition and A Single Man helmer Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals on the way in 2016. Both are finished filming, but both are expected to be players come awards season later on. Gyllenhaal also has Stronger, about the Boston Marathon bombings and one victim who helped authorities track down those responsible, shooting sometime this year, and he’s reportedly teaming up with Snowpiercer’s Bong Joon-ho for his giant creature feature Okja.
There’s quite a bit on Jake Gyllenhaal’s plate at the moment, so it will be interesting to see where Life fits into his calendar. But it sounds like it could be fantastic, and we’re always game for a taut, self-contained science fiction thriller, so let’s hope all of these movies eventually make their way into theaters so we can check them out.