Evolutionary Film has announced that Deadpool star Brianna Hildebrand has been cast in writer-director Jeffrey Morris’ sci-fi adventure Persephone, where she will star alongside Mary-Louise Parker (Red), Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild), Lance Reddick (Bosch) and Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange).
Here’s the official synopsis for the film:
Persephone is the story of three astronauts from Colony One – an enormous space vessel carrying over 20,000 colonists from a dying Earth to the nearest star system of Alpha Centauri in the late 22nd Century. The trio have been dispatched to repair a system designed to shield their new world of Proxima b – also known as Persephone – from the constant and deadly solar flares emitted by the red dwarf star it orbits every eleven days.
Persephone is an arid, lifeless world nearly twice the size of Earth with double the gravity. The planet also is tidally-locked – with one side forever facing its parent star while the other remains in unending darkness. Its environment can barely support human life. Yet, after a disastrous attempt to colonize Mars failed decades earlier, Colony One, and its trailing sister ships, are now the only option for the survival of the species.
Born during the fifty-year journey to the nearest star, Darcy Webb (Brianna Hildebrand) has been trained to pilot shuttlecraft for the enormous mile-long spacecraft Colony One. While commanding a critical mission to the planet Proxima B, Darcy goes head-to-head with engineer Tanya Baxter (Mary-Louise Parker) regarding the right course of action when they discover they may not be alone on the seemingly-lifeless world. What follows is an epic journey of interpersonal conflict and scientific discovery.
“We’re super excited to share a fantastic, character-driven space adventure based on plausible science set on a real planet recently discovered by astronomers,” states Morris. “My goal is to create a memorable and captivating journey that will thrill a diverse audience of filmgoers that expands beyond typical sci-fi fans.”