Scottish actor James McAvoy is trading his mutant powers for a more robotic persona as he’s currently in negotiations to take the lead role in EXTINCTION. The film is currently in development with Good Universe and Mandeville Films.
According to reports, McAvoy would star as the first robot to feel human emotion, which then leads him to battle an army of aliens invading Earth. He’s haunted by nightmares of the event and must step up to protect his family.
Eric Heisserer is writing the current draft of the script, taking over the responsibility from previous writers Spenser Cohen and Brad Caleb Kane. Most recently, Heisserer wrote the screenplays for Lights Out and Arrival, which is receiving plenty of buzz on the festival circuit.
For Mandeville, David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are producing, with Alexander Young executive producing. Anna Halberg is also producing and Erin Westerman is overseeing for Good Universe.
This is not the foray into science-fiction for McAvoy, who has previously starred as Charles Xavier in three X-Men films, Danny Boyle’s Trance, and Syfy’s Children of Dune miniseries based on the work of Frank Herbert. He has also gained critical acclaim for his work in period films such as The Last King of Scotland and Atonement, both of which received him BAFTA nominations. In 2014, he won Best Actor at the British Independent Film Awards for his role in Filth.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor
This news was first reported by Deadline.