The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Patrick Malahide (Game of Thrones), Colin Salmon (Arrow) and Rege-Jean Page (Roots) have joined the cast of Mortal Engines, an adaptation of the YA book series from British author Philip Reeve produced by Peter Jackson.
Character details on the latest additions to the cast remain under wraps but the four-book series follows the teenager Tom Natsworthy in a futuristic steampunk London where after the world was ravaged by a sixty-minute war which caused massive geological upheaval leaving Earth devasted both technologically and ecologically. Cities, including London, are run by engines that move about the planet, feeding off the resources of smaller cities. Tom, along with a young woman uncover a mystery that could disrupt the world order.
Malahide, Salmon, and Page join the cast led by Robert Sheehan (Misfits) as Tom along with Hera Hilmar (Da Vinci’s Demons), South Korean singer-actress Jihae, Leila George, Hugo Weaving in a mysterious role, and Stephen Lang (Avatar, Don’t Breathe) as a powerful man in London who is trying to acquire a weapon of mass destruction.
Christian Rivers, best known for his VFX work on the Jackson-directed King Kong, makes his directorial debut with Mortal Engines.
The project has been in development since 2009 when Jackson with wife and producing partner Fran Walsh (The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit) optioned the rights from Scholastic. Together they developed the script with LOTR and Hobbit collaborator Philippa Boyens.
Jackson and Walsh are producing the picture along with Zane Weiner (The Lord of the Rings), Amanda Walker (The Hobbit) and Deborah Forte (The Golden Compass). Production is currently underway in New Zealand.
Mortal Engines is currently slated to hit theaters on December 14, 2018.
2017 Summer Movie Preview: What To Look Out For
What do aliens, robots, superheroes, pirates, genetically-modified apes, and Will Ferrell all have in common? All of them will be visiting theaters this summer, most as perennials of the blockbusters sphere. There’s a cavalcade of riches this summer, with new offerings from both DC and Marvel, new (and in some cases, final) installments in long-running franchises, and a couple newcomers testing the waters for future sequels. Even some non-theatrical films get in on the fun, like Netflix’s War Machine starring Brad Pitt.
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