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Australian actor Kodi Smit-McPhee is preparing to lead his first studio tentpole, as the nineteen year-old is in negotiations to star in Studio 8‘s survival epic THE SOLUTREAN. Set 20,000 years ago during the ice age, The Solutrean follows a young man’s brave journey to reunite with his tribe, facing harsh conditions and treacherous terrains.
Dan Wiedenhaupt scripted the big budget adventure, based on an idea by Albert Hughes. Hughes, known for helming The Book of Eli, is also directing and producing. Andrew Rona of The Picture Company will also produce.
Sony will distribute the film, per their deal with Studio 8, with plans for an Imax 3D release. Shooting is anticipated to commence in early 2016 or late 2015 in Iceland and Canada.
Smit-McPhee has appeared in The Road, Let Me In, and in Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Most recently, he starred in the fantastic slow-burn western Slow West, which co-starred Michael Fassbender. His biggest role to date comes with 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse, in which he plays a young Kurt Wagner (Aka Nightcrawler).
He’s repped by ICM, MGMT Entertainment, and Active Artists in Australia.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor