Fresh off of his remarkable performance in 10 Cloverfield Lane, John Goodman now has his sights set on extraterrestrials. According to the folks over at Collider, director Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, TV’s The Exorcist) will helm a new sci-fi thriller called Captive State, starring Hollywood vet Goodman and set in inner-city Chicago. But if you’re expecting a big-budget alien invasion flick, you won’t find it here…..in Captive State, the visitors are already here and have occupied the city for a decade.
In the studio’s official synopsis, Captive State “uses a grounded sci-fi setting to shine light on the modern surveillance state and the threats to civil liberties and the role of dissent within an authoritarian society.” This is quite a different spin on the alien genre, more District 9 than Independence Day. Still, it’s a gamble that will hopefully pay off with the movie-going public who are hungry for fresh ideas. The inclusion of John Goodman can only strengthen the buzz ahead of pre-production.
Wyatt’s Captive State (which has also signed on Moonlight‘s Ashton Sanders to co-star) does not yet have an official release date, but is expected to premiere sometime in 2018. Lionsgate will distribute the film, which will be financed through a partnership in Amblin Partners.
We at HNN look forward to this film, and will provide any further details as they are made available.