Tessa Thompson in talks to join Gina Rodriguez and Natalie Portman in SciFi film “Annihilation”

Alex Garland (Ex Machina, 28 days Later) is assembling a kick-ass cast for his next movie, Annihilation. So far Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) and Natalie Portman (Star Wars, Thor) are in, and today word broke that Tessa Thompson (Dear White People) is in talks to join them.

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE *takes a breath* EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Annihilation is based on Jeff VanderMeer’s 2014 novel of the same name. It follows a group of women, a biologist, an anthropologist, a psychologist, and a surveyor, who are sent on an expedition into Area X, a mysterious place that is cut off from the rest of humanity. They are the 12th expedition into this area and the previous 11 did not have happy endings.

The source material for this movie sounds exciting, especially since the characters are all written for women, and this cast sounds like it can really take the story to the next level. The film should shoot later this year for release on 2017. We will try to keep you up to date as this story develops.

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