Charlize Theron will star opposite Viggo Mortensen in the big screen adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s bestselling novel The Road for 2929 Entertainment. Dimension Films will distribute domestically.
The story centers on a man who embarks on a nightmarish road trip after a nuclear explosion in an attempt to transport his son to safety while fending off cannibals.
Australian helmer John Hillcoat (The Proposition) is directing from a screenplay by Joe Penhall.
Theron, who will play the wife of Mortensen’s character, will be seen mostly in flashback. Although the role is small, Theron joined the project because she’s a big fan of the book — published by Knopf in 2006 — and was eager to reteam with producer Nick Wechsler, with whom she worked on 2000’s The Yards.
Shooting is set to begin next month.