After months since the first casting news arrived, Steven Spielberg has seemingly been hard at work to assemble an all-star cast for his upcoming sci-fi adaptation Robopocalypse. Set to be a major tentpole for 2014, the film already has two top stars in talks to possibly join as Chris Hemsworth and Anne Hathaway have been said to be in contention for the leads of the film. But exactly who else will join the human rebellion in a time of robotic uprising has yet to be determined, with the script reaching its final leg and plot details kept under wraps. Now, though, it seems one emerging name may just be finishing out a year so powerful for his career that he has now landed in the sights of Spielberg.
Variety reports that actor Ben Whishaw is currently being eyed for a key role in Steven Spielberg's Robopocalypse. Whishaw has a vital part in the upcoming Oscar-buzzed drama Cloud Atlas from The Wachowskis while he will also be continuing a major legacy as the latest face of tech-genius Q in the Bond franchise's latest installment Skyfall. He'll continue that tech role in Robopocalypse as a character named Lurker who may come in very handy with his set of hacker skills.
Both of his high-profile efforts this year are expected to turn Whishaw into a bigger name than his current up-and-coming status he's obtained with the BBC period drama The Hour. The series is set to return at an undetermined time this Fall for its second season, with Whishaw reprising his role of Freddie Lyon.
The big-budget project is aiming for a pre-production start and is finally ready to start getting underway before Spring 2013. Robopocalypse is adapted from the novel of the same name, and revolves around an apocalyptic robot uprising that the human race must endure in order to survive. Further details regarding characters or the story at hand are currently unknown.
The Cabin in the Woods director/co-writer Drew Goddard penned the script for the upcoming sci-fi epic which is set to be so big that both Dreamworks and 20th Century Fox will be co-financing the film. From there, Fox will be tackling the international distribution for the film while Walt Disney Pictures will handle the domestic release under what's expected to be their Touchstone banner. Disney has teamed up with Spielberg before under Touchstone for the release of War Horse and the upcoming Lincoln.
Robopocalypse is scheduled for release on April 25th 2014.