Frequent sci-fi director Andrew Niccol might have made a few missteps when it comes to both his 2011 head-scratcher In Time (time is money!) and his 2013 take on Stephenie Meyer with the bloodless The Host, but he’s still the man who brought us such fully realized visions as Gattaca and The Truman Show (which he wrote), so he’s certainly deserving of at least one more chance (and probably even more). Next up for Niccol is a promising future-tinged venture, titled Good Kill.
The project was first announced back in October, with the news that Niccol would be reteaming with his Gattaca star Ethan Hawke for the film (already a good sign). Now the film has both a title and a leading lady. Deadline reports that the newly-minted Good Kill has added January Jones to its cast, as she joins Hawke, Zoe Kravitz, Bruce Greenwood, and Jake Abel as already-announced stars.
The film’s premise is intriguing – it’s both current and futuristic, with a human touch – and could help rocket Niccol back to the top of the sci-fi heap (Niccol is directing from his own script). The film centers on Hawke’s character, a former fighter pilot who is now a drone operator who is struggling with both his personal and professional life. As Deadline explains, “the tension comes from the stress of battling the enemy by drone. He fights the Taliban by remote control for 12 hours a day, then goes home to the suburbs and feuds with his wife and kids for the other 12. He starts to question his mission, asking himself if he is creating more terrorists than he is killing in a war seemingly without end.”
Jones will play Hawke’s wife, with Abel and Kravitz on as members of his crew and Greenwood serving as his boss. The film began filming last year in Morocco, and will now jump back into production next month in New Mexico.
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