Mud and Take Shelter writer/director Jeff Nichols has found the female lead for his next film. Deadline reports that Kirsten Dunst has signed on to star opposite Michael Shannon and Joel Edgerton in Nichols’ sci-fi pic Midnight Special. The Warner Bros. film centers on a father and his 8-year-old son who must go on the run when the father realizes that his son “has some kind of special powers.” Nichols has been talking about the pic for quite some time, previously comparing it to John Carpenter’s 1984 sci-fi film Starman. Having directed one of the best-reviewed films of 2013 with Mud, Warner Bros. definitely seems to be high on backing Nichols’ next project, and I’m very eager to see what he cooks up within the sci-fi genre.
Dunst most recently starred in On the Road and the futuristic romance Upside Down, and she’ll next be seen opposite Viggo Mortensen and Oscar Isaac in the upcoming thriller The Two Faces of January.