Tessa Thompson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have signed on to star in the science fiction film, Ash. The movie hails from filmmaker Flying Lotus, aka Steven Ellison, and writer Jonni Remmler. Flying Lotus, who is also a musician, is set to also compose the score for the film.
Ash tells the story of a woman, played by Thompson, who wakes up on a distant planet and goes on to find the rest of her crew at the space station murdered. She’ll soon have to discover whether or not she can trust the man (Gordon-Levitt) sent to rescue her. While trying to get to safety, the duo will try to investigate the killings, leading them to question the innocence of Thompson’s character.
The film is being produced by XYZ Films and GFC Films, with Echo Lake and director Neill Blomkamp (District 9) on board as executive producers. XYZ Films will finance the film and is currently handling worldwide sales for Ash, kicking off with “pre-sales” at Toronto International Film Festival in September.
While Flying Lotus is primarily known for his music, this will actually mark his third film. His debut film, Kuso, premiered at Sundance in 2017. He also directed a piece for the horror title V/H/S/99, described as a horror omnibus, which will premiere as part of this year’s TIFF Midnight section.
Production on Ash will kick off in New Zealand next year.