by: Sammy Mink
Chiwetel Ejiofor is heading to space for Fox’s THE MARTIAN. Based on the book by Andy Weir, the sci-fi thriller stars Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on Mars who must figure out how to stay alive long enough to get back home. Ejiofor has been cast as Venkat Kapoor, the director of the mission to Mars. The rest of the cast includes Jessica Chastain, Kristin Wiig, Michael Pena, Sean Bean, and Kate Mara. Drew Goddard adapted the script for Fox, with Ridley Scott directing.
A native Brit, Ejiofor had appeared in Steven Spielberg’s Amistad, the ensemble rom-com Love Actually, and the screen version of Kinky Boots before his breakout role in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave. Since then, Ejiofor has been cast in the sci-fi project Z for Zachariah, crime drama Triple Nine, and is rumored to be joining Daniel Craig in Sam Mendes’ Bond 24.
Ejiofor is repped by CAA and Markham, Froggatt and Irwin.