It’s the “Deadpool” combo of Ryan Reynolds and the writing duo of Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick again who will be working together to breathe “Life” into director Daniel Espinosa’s sci-fi project about the discovery of an intelligent and dangerous life form from Mars. However, Reynolds will appear in this film in a supporting role and “Nightcrawler” star Jake Gyllenhall will play the lead instead.
The Hollywood Reporter (THR) notes that Gyllenhall will now star in the film “Life” alongside Rebecca Ferguson, who was the first actor to be cast for the film. Ferguson will also reprise her role of Ilsa Faust in “Mission Impossible 6.” As for Reynolds, this will not only be his second time working with the “Deadpool” writers but also with Daniel Espinosa who directed him in “Safe House.”
Reynolds was previously in talks to star in the film, possibly as the lead, but scheduling conflicts with Reynolds’ other forthcoming film, “Hitman’s Bodyguard,” forced him to appear for a smaller, supporting role. Seeing as the movie is described by some insiders, according to THR, as being “ensemble in nature,” Reynolds’ role should be significant, even if small. Reynolds also wants that “X-Force” movie developed on a priority basis.
According to Variety, the story of “Life” follows the crew of the International Space Station, who, after retrieving a sample from Mars, discover that it displays signs of life, and proves to be more intelligent than expected. Collider adds that eventually, the life form puts the lives of the crew members in jeopardy and forces them to make difficult choices for survival.
Gyllenhall’s schedule looks quite busy. He has Jean-Marc Vallée’s “Demolition” set to open on April 8 in the US. Then there is Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals” where Gyllenhall stars opposite Amy Adams and David Gordon Green’s “Stronger” which is about the Boston Marathon bombings of 2013. He will also star as electrical industry pioneer George Westinghouse opposite Benedict Cumberbatch’s Thomas Alva Edison in Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s “The Current War.”