Paul Giamatti and Toby Jones Join Sci-Fi Thriller Morgan


Paul Giamatti in Morgan

Paul Giamatti and Toby Jones have joined Kate Mara (Fantastic Four, “House of Cards”) and Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch) in Morgan, an upcoming sci-fi thriller that will mark the feature directorial debut of Ridley Scott’s son, Luke Scott. The elder Scott will produce the project, which The Hollywood Reporter brings word also has Boyd Holbrook in negotiations to star. 

Morgan, scripted by Seth W. Owen, landed on the 2014 Black List of Unproduced Screenplays with the following official description:

A corporate risk management consultant (Mara) is summoned to a remote research lab to determine whether or not to terminate an at-risk artificial being (Taylor-Joy).

Giamatti will play a psychologist who has trouble relating to people while Jones will play the chief scientist in charge of the facility. Holbrook is a nutritionist at the facility, adds the trade.

Mara can be seen later this year in both Joshua Trank’s Fantastic Four and the Ridley Scott-helmed sci-fi feature The Martian. The former also stars Miles Teller, Jamie Bell and Michael B. Jordan and hits theaters August 7. The latter, meanwhile, will see Mara starring opposite Matt Damon, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jeff Daniels, Sean Bean and Jessica Chastain and will arrive on the big screen November 25.

Scott Free’s Elishia Holmes and Michael Schaefer will also produce Morgan. George Heller will serve as executive producer with Steve Asbell overseeing for 20th Century Fox.

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