Annihilation Film Adaptation, Cast Materializes
Annihilation: Tessa Thompson to Join Natalie Portman and Gina Rodriguez
A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don’t apply.
More exciting news released on the production of director Alex Garland’s Sci-Fi Thriller “Annihilation”. The film is an adaptation of the novel of the same name, written by Jeff VanderMeer. Alex Garland is notable for his work on “Ex Machina”, “28 Days Later”, “Dredd” and“Sunshine”. “Annihilation” entered production in 2015. Earlier news reports reveal that Natalie Portman (“V for Vendetta”, “Black Swan”, “Star Wars: Episode III –Revenge of the Sith”) and Gina Rodriguez (“Jane The Virgin”, “Interstate”, “Filly Brown”) will star.
News reveal that Tessa Thompson of “Creed” fame will also join the crew. Of course, this has yet to be confirmed.
For those unfamiliar with “Annihilation”, it is a novel written by Jeff VanderMeer. The story follows a small group of women; an anthropologist, a surveyor, a psychologist, and a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain, record all observations of their surroundings and one another. Above all avoid they mustn’t risk getting contaminated by Area X itself. Below is a thorough description of the novel.
Annihilation, the Novel Synopsis:
Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the las vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; the second expedition ended in mass suicide, the third expedition in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another. The members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within weeks, all had died of cancer.They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers―they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding―but it’s the surprises that came across the border with them and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another that change everything.
Paramount picked up the film adaptation to Annihilation”. Production begins Spring of 2016. Unfortunately, this will pose a conflict for Gina Rodriguez from starring in “Star Wars: Episode VIII”. On the bright side, “Annihilation” could be her biggest moment yet since “Jane the Virgin”. The film will be written by Garland and VanderMeer, and produced by Scott Rudin.