Gavin Hood is in the midst of shooting his Ender’s Game follow-up, Eye in the Sky, in South Africa, but he’s already got some stills from the film to show off. The movie stars Helen Mirren as Colonel Katherine Powell, a military intelligence officer remotely leading a drone operation to track down terrorists in Nairobi. However, when Powell and co. come to realize that the terrorists are preparing for a suicide mission, it’s decided that the targets are to be taken out instead. Trouble is, just when pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) is about to get the job done, he sees a nine-year-old girl walk right into the kill zone. Now he’s got to “pass the request for confirmation of the next step up to the highest levels,” which includes the foreign secretary played by Iain Glen.
Hit the jump to check out the very first Eye in the Sky images featuring Mirren and Barkhad Abdi.
It’s probably much more challenging to make a guy sitting in front of some computer screens controlling a drone cinematic compared to, let’s say, Top Gun-style action, but Hood essentially did just that on Ender’s Game so hopes are high he’ll pull it off. According to Empire, Eye in the Sky doesn’t have a confirmed release date just yet, but it is expected to hit theaters next year.
It’s also worth noting that back when Hood first signed on, it was being reported that Colin Firth was attached to produce and star in the film, but Empire makes no mention of him in the article. However, the outlet does note that Alan Rickman is now on the roster.