We’ve been enjoying watching Lizzy Caplan, opposite Michael Sheen, in the biographical series Masters of Sex the past few years… and now, Caplan is making her way back to sci-fi.
She has signed on to star opposite Michael Peña (Collateral Beauty) in the forthcoming film Extinction. The story follows a young man (Peña) who is troubled by a recurring dream, where he loses his family. The nightmare soon becomes a reality when planet Earth is invaded by aliens, and he and his wife (Caplan) have to fight to save their family. According to other reports, Peña’s character discovers he has an unknown strength — that could mean a number of things, but we are definitely keen to find out more.
Arrival‘s Eric Heisserer will write the screenplay, working on an earlier script by Spenser Cohen and Brad Kane. Ben Young is set to direct, who is known for the Australian TV shows Trapped and Castaway.
This isn’t Caplan’s first time taking on the action/thriller/sci-fi genre, starring in 2008’s documentary-style Cloverfield, with J.J. Abrams as producer. And, while not sci-fi, but definitely ahead of its time, we can go back even further to Tina Fey‘s Mean Girls (2004), in which Caplan made the role of Janis Ian her own.
If you need a quickie reminder, here’s a look at Caplan as Janis battling mean girl behavior (even though she may have fallen into the category herself at times):
We saw Caplan in last year’s spy drama Allied, starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard. And she just leant her voice to The Simpsons (March 5), making a guest appearance as her Masters of Sex‘ character Virginia Johnson.
Extinction is in the early stages, and doesn’t have a premiere date just yet.
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