Roland Emmerich’s Moonfall Adds Donald Sutherland & Eme Ikwuakor

Roland Emmerich's Moonfall Adds Donald Sutherland & Eme Ikwuakor

Roland Emmerich’s Moonfall adds Donald Sutherland & Eme Ikwuakor

As shooting gets underway on the estimated $120 million sci-fi project, Roland Emmerich is expanding his already star-studded cast of Moonfall with the additions of Donald Sutherland (Ad Astra) and Eme Ikwuakor (Marvel’s Inhumans), according to Deadline.

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In Moonfall, a mysterious force knocks the Moon from its orbit around Earth and sends it hurtling on a collision course with life as we know it. With mere weeks before impact, and against all odds, a ragtag team launches an impossible last-ditch mission into space, leaving behind everyone they love and risking everything to land on the lunar surface and save our planet from annihilation.

The Emmy and Golden Globe winner will star as the gatekeeper of NASA’s secret archives, including the truth behind the Apollo moon landings in the early ’70s, and grapples with his conscience about whether to share this information with the world while Ikwuakor is set to play a high-ranking military officer who is also the estranged father to the son of and ex to Halle Berry’s NASA astronaut-turned-administrator.

The two join a cast that already includes Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring, Aquaman), John Bradley (Game of Thrones), Charlie Plummer (Spontaneous, Words on Bathroom Walls), Berry (John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum) and Stanley Tucci (The Witches).

Directed by Emmerich, Moonfall begins production this fall in Montreal with a script written by Emmerich, his 2012 co-writer Harald Kloser, and Spenser Cohen. Emmerich is producing the independent feature film under his Centropolis Entertainment banner with Kloser producing through his company, Street Entertainment. Executive producers are Dennis Wang, James Wang, J.P. Pettinato, Marco Shepherd, Ute Emmerich, Carsten Lorenz, and Stuart Ford.

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Like last year’s #1 box office hit Midway, Emmerich and Centropolis are independently producing and financing Moonfall, overseeing all aspects of production, financing, delivery, and distribution and marketing in collaboration with Lionsgate, AGC International, and the film’s distribution partners around the world.

Moonfall is slated to be released theatrically by Lionsgate in North America in 2021.

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