Apparently Christina Aguilera only deigns to take part in a movie when she knows she’s working with the best. That might not have worked out to well with her last movie role, Burlesque, co-starring Cher, but she’s set to try again with a project that has amassed an intriguingly varied list of talent. Indeed, the sci-fi film Zoe is putting together a credits list of people you probably could not imagine working together otherwise.
First of all, the script is the work the darkly comedic Tony and Pulitzer-winning playwright Richard Greenberg, who may be best known for his gay baseball player work Take Me Out. Indie director Drake Doremus will helm the project. He’s known for favoring love stories with an intriguing twist, and his 2011 breakthrough film Like Crazy won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Legendary blockbuster director Ridley Scott (The Martian, Alien) is onboard as a producer.
Meanwhile, the lead roles are filled by Ewan McGregor and most recent Bond girl and Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or-winning actress Léa Seydoux.
Castings for supporting roles was announced today, and, obviously, it’s a surprisingly eclectic group as well. In addition to Aguilera, the group also includes Parks & Rec-alum (and increasingly powerful producer in her own right) Rashida Jones, Divergent hunk Theo James, Alvin and the Chipmunks star Matthew Gray Gubler, and Homeland star Miranda Otto.
Basically, it’s a group whose past achievements include Tony and Teen Choice awards and pretty much everything in between.
So what, exactly, is bringing everyone together? Well, it seems like it’s a sci-fi meets romance concept. The Hollywood Reporter says, “the story follows two colleagues (played by McGregor and Seydoux) at a revolutionary research lab who design technology to improve and perfect romantic relationships. As their work progresses, their discoveries become more profound than they could ever have imagined.” No word on what roles the other actors will fill.
We’re guessing that the concept of property air rights does not play a surprisingly pivotal part of the plot, unlike Christina Aguilera’s last big screen effort.
No word on when the film will debut, but filming is set to begin in a few days on May 8 in Montreal.
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