Sebastian Cordero Plans Europa


Pre-production has begun on a science fiction tale entitled Europa, Deadline reports. Seeking distribution this week in Toronto, the project will feature an international cast that includes Sharlto Copley, Anamaria Marinca, Michael Nyqvist and Daniel Wu.

Written by relative newcomer Philip Gelatt and to be directed by Sebastian Cordero (Cronicas), the story revolves around a team of astronauts who are assembled from various nations to embark on the first manned mission to Europa, Jupiter’s fourth moon.

No stranger to science-fiction, Copley made his big screen debut in District 9 and will re-team with that film’s director, Neill Blomkamp, for another sci-fi film, Elysium, currently shooting with a planned 2013 release. Nyqvist is best known for playing the lead in the Swedish film version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. He can soon be seen in Brad Bird’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. Marinca played the lead in Cristian Mungiu’s Palm D’or winner, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days and Daniel Wu is a Chinese superstar, appearing in films like New Police Story and Protege. He’ll next be featured in RZA’s martial arts period epic The Man with the Iron Fists.

Europa is anticipating production beginning this fall in New York City.

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