Keanu Reeves has been locked in as the male lead in Gabriele Muccino’s $90 million sci-fi drama “Passengers” for Morgan Creek and Universal Pictures says The Hollywood Reporter.
Reeves plays Jim Preston, a mechanic on a 120-year journey to a distant colonized planet in another galaxy, who becomes the first of the 5,000 travellers to experience pod hibernation failure. Awake a century too soon, he is stranded in the world of an interstellar spaceship with only robots for companionship.
A year on his loneliness causes him to awaken a beautiful journalist named Aurora and they fall in love. The truth of her revival, and a major malfunction on the ship, become key plot points.
Jon Spaihts penned the original script which will get a polish before production begins. Filming kicks off in January.