Amy Adams deserves to be the true lead in a film again. She’s still been a force in numerous films over the past several years including The Fighter, The Master, Man of Steel, Her, and American Hustle to name a few. But the last time she was truly front-and-center was in 2010′s Leap Year. That simply will not do. However, she might be getting back to center stage if she signs on to the sci-fi thriller Story of Your Life.
According to Deadline, Adams is in early talks to play the lead. The film, directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) based on the short story by Ted Chiang and adapted by Eric Heisserer (The Thing remake/prequel), centers on an expert linguist who learns to communicate with aliens who have crash landed around the planet. As she begins to communicate with them, she starts to have vivid flashbacks that could reveal the true reason for their visit. It sounds like an interesting role, and definitely a change up for both Adams and Villeneuve. Hit the jump for a recap of Adams’ other upcoming projects.
The very busy Shawn Levy is adding another project to his development docket, though this time it’s only in a producing capacity. FilmNation Entertainment announced today that it would finance and produce the sci-fi thriller Story of Your Life alongside Lava Bear Films, with Levy producing the pic via his 21 Laps banner with partner Dan Levine. Written by Eric Heisserer (The Thing), the film is based on a short story by Ted Chiang that takes place immediately after aliens land around the globe and centers on a linguist who is recruited by the US government in a race to decipher their intentions on Earth.
Commercials director Nic Mathieu is set to direct, and the pic is being fast-tracked with casting beginning immediately for a planned 2013 production start-date. Levy most recently wrapped his latest directorial project, the Owen Wilson/Vince Vaughn comedy The Internship, and earlier this month signed on to helm the ensemble dramedy adaptation This Is Where I Leave You. Hit the jump to read the full press release concerning Story of Your Life.