Fresh off of her action-packed performance in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Rebecca Ferguson had booked a number of high-profile pictures. Add a new sci-fi film to the list, this time from Safe House director Daniel Espinosa and Deadpool screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. The original picture, titled Life, will be a Skydance production from producers David Ellison and Dana Goldberg, along with Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn.
As Variety reports, Life follows “the crew of the International Space Station, who, after retrieving a sample from Mars, discover that it displays signs of life, and proves to be more intelligent than expected.” While no further details have been confirmed as to the tone of the picture or the particulars of Ferguson’s casting, that logline certainly seems like it could skew more towards a sci-fi/horror picture in the vein of Alien or bear similarities to Skydance’s World War Z movies. Of course, that’s all speculation on my part, but Ferguson seems like a perfect casting decision for a Sigourney Weaver/Ripley type.
The success of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and Ferguson’s stand-out performance in her role led to quite the boom in casting announcements for the young actress. She’s currently expected to reprise her M:I role in the sixth installment of the franchise, but her casting hasn’t been officially confirmed yet; that picture starts shooting in August.
Other roles landed by Ferguson include the female lead opposite Michael Fassbender in Tomas Alfredson’s The Snowman, based on Jo Nesbø’s serial-killer thriller novel of the same name; that picture is due out October 17, 2017. Ferguson also landed one of the leads in DreamWorks’ The Girl on the Train opposite Emily Blunt and directed by Tate Taylor. Erin Cressida Wilson adapted Paula Hawkins’ novel for this film, which was expected to open October 7th of this year, but Disney recently dropped it from their distribution calendar. Don’t panic! It’s already been filmed, has book-buzz built in, and also stars Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, and Edgar Ramirez. We’ll likely see this one sooner than later, with Ferguson on the big screen once again.