Third “Cloverfield” Is News To Its Star

When “10 Cloverfield Lane” revealed its title and first trailer back in early January, it took everyone by surprise. Up until that point the film had been titled “Valencia” and reviews from test screenings indicated no connection to 2008’s found footage monster movie “Cloverfield”.

We learned in January that it was the second film in a thematically (rather than narratively) linked series of films by producer J.J. Abrams with his Bad Robot company who were looking to produce more under the “Cloverfield” label in coming years.

It certainly seemed the ‘Cloverfield’ connection was thought up after the film was made, even its star Mary Elizabeth Winstead revealed that she was in the dark regarding the connection and had no idea of the “10 Cloverfield Lane” title until one hour before the trailer dropped.

Last week came word that the Abrams-produced space-set tale “God Particle” would be the third film in the “Cloverfield” series. Well it seems like history has repeated itself as one of the film’s stars, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, told Screen Crush that she had no idea if ‘Particle’ is a “Cloverfield” film:

“I actually have no idea. That is news to me. When I did the project it was a total standalone sci-fi, space thriller. So I couldn’t tell you how it’s connected. I don’t know if that’s just a rumor.”

Doug Jung and Oren Uzie penned the character-driven sci-fi movie which follow a crew of astronauts on an American space station. When they believe they’ve unwittingly destroyed Earth by activating a Hadron accelerator, a foreign space team appears and invites the Americans on board – leading to a fight for survival that’s being described as an altered reality.

David Oyelowo, Chris O’Dowd, John Krasinski, Elizabeth Debicki and Daniel Bruhl, Zhang Ziyi, Aksel Hennie, and John Ortiz co-star in the film which will open on February 24th and should have a trailer out by year’s end.