‘Star Wars’ John Boyega and ‘Black Panther’s’ Letitia Wright have been cast in Mike Cahill’s sci-fi love story ‘Hold Back The Stars’.
Adapted from Katie Khan’s novel of the same name the story focuses on a man and a woman who revisit memories of their love affair on a utopian Earth while they are trapped in the vast void of space with only 90 minutes of oxygen.
Mike Cahill will take the helm on a script by Christy Hall. The film will be produced by Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps.
The book was originally only published in 2017 and takes place after the catastrophic destruction of the Middle East and the United States, Europe has become a utopia and, every three years, the European population must rotate into different multicultural communities, living as individuals responsible for their own actions. While living in this paradise, Max meets Carys and immediately feels a spark of attraction. He quickly realizes, however, that Carys is someone he might want to stay with long-term, which is impossible in this new world.
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Cahill is best known for his work on ‘I Origins’. He also directed two episodes of the ‘Nightflyers’ series’.
Boyega will be reprising his role as Finn in J.J. Abrams ‘Star Wars Episode IX’. He also lends his voice to the ensemble A-List cast for the new version of ‘Watership Down’
Wright, who made her big breakthrough in Ryan Coogler’s ‘Black Panther’ will also be returning to the role of Shuri in the next Avengers movie and Black Panther 2.