Halle Berry has joined Josh Gad on the cast of Roland Emerich’s disaster thriller ‘Moonfall’.

Berry will play a NASA astronaut-turned-administrator, whose previous space mission holds a clue about an impending catastrophe. Gad, who was cast as the movie’s lead last week, will play the role of KC Houseman, a smart but disorganised genius who is profoundly unfiltered and eccentric but also suddenly one of the most important people on Earth.

The film centres on the fallout after the moon is knocked from its orbit by a mysterious force and is on a collision course with Earth. Life as we know it hangs in the balance and with just weeks to go before impact, a ragtag team is sent on a seemingly impossible mission to land on the lunar surface and save humanity.

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The project was penned by Emmerich and 2012 co-writer Harald Kloser and Spenser Cohen. Emmerich is also producing under his Centropolis banner with Kloser producing through his company, Street Entertainment.

The film is scheduled for a release in 2021 as long as production is allowed to get underway in the Autumn.

Berry was last seen opposite Keanu Reeves in ‘John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum’ and ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’. Her upcoming projects include ‘Bruised’, which she direct’s and stars in and TV series ‘The Black Child’.