It’s been quite a while since Gerard Butler took the lead role in Dean Devlin’s Geostorm, but now it looks as though he could finally get some co-stars. It’s being reported that Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Ed Harris and Andy Garcia are all in negotiations for roles in the Warner Bros./Skydance film.
Devlin’s responsible for penning Universal Solider, Stargate and Independence Day, and also has a bunch of producing credits to his name too, but Geostorm will mark his feature directorial debut. Hit the jump for more on the upcoming sci-fi adventure. Geostorm is set for a March 25, 2016 release.
According to THR, Butler is locked to lead as a satellite designer who’s got no choice, but to team up with his estranged brother to fix a malfunctioning climate-control satellite so that the world isn’t ravaged by an epic man-made storm. On top of that, while Butler’s character heads off to space to do the necessary maintenance, his brother uncovers a plot to assassinate the president. (Are you laughing a little? I know I am.)
Should the deals go through, Sturgess will play Butler’s brother and Cornish will step in as Sturgess’ Secret Service agent girlfriend. Then we’ve got Harris who will take the role of the Secretary of State and Garcia for the president.
Perhaps it’s just a poor synopsis, but the plot of this thing sounds downright ridiculous. A broken climate-control satellite that could trigger an epic storm with the power to destroy the world isn’t enough? We need a plot to kill the president, too? Hopefully Devlin doesn’t take this thing too seriously because, if anything, it does have a chance at offering up some Independence Day/Armageddon-type disaster movie fun.
Warner Bros. and Skydance are aiming to have Geostorm in production in October in New Orleans.