For all her excellent, wide-ranging roles, Saoirse Ronan has not yet been to space. And alas, though she’s set to star in writer-director Garth Davis’s adaptation of Iain Reid’s near future SF novel Foe, she’s still not going to space. That honor goes to Paul Mescal (Normal People), who will play Junior, a man randomly chosen to visit an experimental space station. But his wife, Hen (Ronan), won’t exactly be left alone at home.
Deadline’s piece about the film and the book’s cover copy are both teasingly vague, but it sounds like there’s either a clone or a robot involved.
LaKeith Stanfield (Sorry to Bother You) will play Terrance, who brings the space invitation to Hen and Junior’s door. The film is described as “a taut, sensual, psychological mind-bender set in the near future where corporate power and environmental decay are ravaging the planet,” which frankly just sounds like the present, not the future, but the whole experimental space station bit is maybe still a little ways off.
Here’s the book’s description:
In Iain Reid’s second haunting, philosophical puzzle of a novel, set in the near-future, Junior and Henrietta live a comfortable, solitary life on their farm, far from the city lights, but in close quarters with each other. One day, a stranger from the city arrives with alarming news: Junior has been randomly selected to travel far away from the farm…very far away. The most unusual part? Arrangements have already been made so that when he leaves, Henrietta won’t have a chance to miss him, because she won’t be left alone—not even for a moment. Henrietta will have company. Familiar company.
Davis’s debut feature film was 2016’s Oscar-nominated Lion, which was also adapted from a book. He also directed 2018’s Mary Magdalene, and as of last year was attached to direct Tron 3, whenever that happens.
Foe is set to begin filming in Australia in January.