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.
Michael Shannon, the best good luck charm a director can have, belongs to Jeff Nichols—Shannon stars in all three of Nichols’ films: Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter, and Mud (currently in theaters). Recently, Shannon revealed he and Nichols “are heating up our fourth collaboration to happen in the winter.” Per Variety, said project is a sci-fi chase movie set in the present day. The Warner Bros. project is Nichols’ first studio film.
The studio is keeping details under wraps, but Nichols described two scripts he is writing in January. Midnight Special, which Nichols likens to a “1980s John Carpenter movie” (specifically Starman), sounds like a good fit. More after the jump.
Director Jeff Nichols (Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter, Mud) has explored dynamic family relationships and blue collars with a Southern backdrop in each of his films, but might be leaning towards genre territory for one of his next projects. In a recent interview for Mud, Nichols talked about his upcoming projects: the genre-slanted Midnight Special and an untitled work-in-progress that hits closer to his previous works.
Starring Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland, Nichols’ Mud opens April 26th. Hit the jump to see what the director had to say about his next projects.