Deadline are reporting that Gael Garcia Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries) has recently signed on to star in The Loneliest Planet, an indie drama-thriller. Julia Loktev (Day Night Day Night) will direct from a script she wrote herself.

The Loneliest Planet will centre on a young couple backpacking through the Caucasus Mountains in the Republic of Georgia. When they hire a local guide to make through the isolated wilderness, their relationship is tested in ways they never anticipated.

Production is expected to start at the end of this month in the Republic of Georgia. The Loneliest Planet is a co-production between Parts and Labor, Flying Moon and Wild Invention.