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Sandra Bullock’s Comeback Is a Netflix Movie Starring a Bunch of Buzzy Actors

Sarah Paulson is amongst those who have signed up.


Jason Merritt

Sandra Bullock hasn’t been in a film since 2015’s Our Brand Is Crisis, but she’s already planning her comeback in a big way.

After starring in the upcoming movie Ocean’s Eight alongside an all-star cast, Bullock is taking an unexpected detour to Netflix. Yes, the Oscar winner is heading to the streaming service for a very intriguing post-apocalyptic thriller.

Even more intriguing, a bunch of buzzy and beloved faces including Ocean’s Eight co-star Sarah Paulson and Moonlight actor and occasional Calvin Klein underwear model Trevante Rhodes were just added to the cast.

The film is called Bird Box, and while that sounds like some sort of subscription service on Portlandia, it’s actually something completely different. According to the log line, it’s about “a woman and a pair of children are blindfolded and make their way through a post-apocalyptic setting along a river.” Susanne Bier, who just directed all six episodes of AMC’s The Night Manager, is on board to helm the flick. Arrival writer Eric Heisserer adapted the screenplay from Josh Malerman’s novel critically acclaimed novel of the same name.

The project seems to be interesting enough for Paulson to find room in her schedule to make (after all she’s busy starring in however many different Ryan Murphy series, including the upcoming Nurse Ratched series for Netflix), and to be Rhodes’ first high-profile role after Moonlight.

Joining them will be Danielle Macdonald, who just had her big breakthrough role with Sundance hit Patticake$ (hey, we told you she was going to be a star). Veteran actress Jacki Weaver, who is having a late career triumph with two Oscar nominations in the past six years, is on board as well. Rounding out the announced cast is Lil Rel Howery who appeared in Get Out and the beloved but since-cancelled The Carmichael Show. John Malkovich was also previously attached to the film.

So far, there’s no word on which actor will be playing which character.

Of course, Netflix original films attracting great casts shouldn’t be a surprise at this point. Okja included Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Giancarlo Esposito, Jake Gyllenhaal and Lilly Collins amongst others. This weekend the service premieres The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) with a cast that features Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, Grace Van Patten, and Adam Sandler. Chris Pine, Will Smith, Robert de Niro, Jared Leto and others also have Netflix movies in the pipelines.

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