Chris O’Dowd and Ziyi Zhang Join Bad Robot’s God Particle

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Chris O'Dowd and Ziyi Zhang have signed on for Bad Robot's God Particle.

Chris O’Dowd and Ziyi Zhang have signed on for Bad Robot’s God Particle

The Hollywood Reporter brings word that comedic Irishman Chris O’Dowd (“The IT Crowd,” “Moone Boy,” Thor: The Dark World) is in final negotiations to join Bad Robot’s upcoming sci-fi film, God Particle. An update to their He joins a cast that includes David Oyelowo (Selma, Interstellar), John Krasinski (13 Hours, “The Office”), Elizabeth Debicki (“The Night Manager,” The Man From U.N.C.L.E.), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Concussion, Beyond the Lights) and Daniel Bruhl (Captain America: Civil War, Rush).

UPDATE: Another report from THR updates the God Particle cast to also include Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon star Ziyi Zhang. 

The plot for God Particle is said to revolve around an American space station that, after an accident with a particle accelerator, suddenly finds that Earth has vanished altogether. Things get stranger when they then pick up traces of another space station nearby.

Some rumors say this may be the next “spiritual successor” to Cloverfield after 10 Cloverfield Lane, but whether it turns out to be called “Cloverfield Particle” or remains an unbranded, unique story is yet to be seen. 

In physics, the “God Particle” is a nickname given to the hypothetical Higgs boson, a particle upon which much of our understanding of quantum physics is based. The world’s largest particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider, was built in Geneva, Switzerland in an attempt to prove the Higgs boson’s existence.

God Particle will be directed by Julius Onah (The Girl is in Trouble). Originally scripted by Freaks of Nature and 22 Jump Street scribe Oren Uziel, the project was since rewritten by Star Beyond‘s Doug Jung. The film is set for a February 24, 2017 release.

O’Dowd will next be seen in Tim Burton’s upcoming summer fantasy film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

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