Connelly and Bates in The Day the Earth Stood Still

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Jennifer Connelly has signed on and Kathy Bates is negotiating to star in The Day the Earth Stood Still for 20th Century Fox, reports Variety.

The two are joining Keanu Reeves in the Scott Derrickson-directed sci-fi remake. Ryne Douglas Pearson wrote the screenplay; David Scarpa penned a recent draft.

The story kicks off as aliens land on Earth carrying a message for all humans: Live in peace or be destroyed. Connelly is set to portray Helen Benson, the role Patricia Neal played in the 1951 original.

Fox has set a December start date in Vancouver.

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