Sheehan, Raftery Join Jackson’s “Mortal Engines”

Robbie Sheehan (“Misfits,” “Fortitude”) and Ronan Raftery (“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”) have been announced as the first cast members of the Peter Jackson-produced “Mortal Engines” at Universal Pictures.

Christian Rivers is attached to direct while Jackson, his wife Fran Walsh and their regular writing collaborator Philippa Boyens are re-teaming in writing and producing capacities for this adaptation of the award-winning book series of the same name from British author Philip Reeve.

This first in a planned series of films is set in a world many thousands of years in the future. Earth’s cities now roam the globe on huge wheels, devouring each other in a struggle for ever diminishing resources.

On one of these massive Traction Cities, Tom Natsworthy has an unexpected encounter with a mysterious young woman from the Outlands who will change the course of his life forever.

Sheehan will have a lead role, while Rafferty plays a supporting one. Production is scheduled to begin in New Zealand this spring ahead of a December 14th 2018 release.

Source: Variety