Having dropped out of the planned sequel RoboCop Returns due to scheduling issues, District 9 director Neill Blomkamp is currently prepping his next film, the sci-fi thriller Inferno, and Deadline brings word that Taylor Kitsch (Waco) has signed on to lead the cast.
According to the trade, the film will see Kitsch as “a cop who is called to investigate a seemingly ordinary murder in the New Mexico desert. The arrival of the FBI confirms his suspicions that something bigger – perhaps extraterrestrial – is at play. The hunt for the killer puts him face-to-face with a humanoid beast who will stop at nothing to exterminate the one witness to the crime.”
“I am very excited to be getting behind the camera and making Inferno with AGC,” said Blomkamp. “The film is filled with themes and concepts that I find deeply fascinating, I feel lucky to be shooting it.”
“Over the last decade Neill Blomkamp has proven himself to be one of the most innovative creators of science fiction cinema in the world and I’m convinced that Inferno is going to break new ground and take Neill’s body of work to even greater heights,” added Stuart Ford of AGC Studios.
Inferno will mark Blomkamp’s first feature since 2015’s Chappie, and is set to begin production early in the new year.