Lizzy Caplan to Join Michael Pena in Sci-Fi Thriller “Extinction” at Universal

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Emmy-nominated actress is going from doing sex research on Showtime’s Masters of Sex to fighting off aliens in Pictures’ forthcoming pic EXTINCTION. The has confirmed that Caplan will join Michael Pena for the sci-fi thriller which about a man trying to save his family from an alien invasion.

Caplan, who is set to play Pena’s wife in the movie, is no stranger to alien invasions. She starred in the found footage alien monster pic Cloverfield which was the foundation for J.J. Abrams’ sci-fi franchise. James McAvoy was previously in talks to star before Pena signed on.

Ben Young is set to direct the script — which landed on the and — from Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Eric Heisserer (Arrival), Spenser Cohen, and Bradley Caleb Kane. Mandeville’s Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman, who backed films such as The Fighter and the forthcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast have signed on to produce. Alexander Young is set to executive produce alongside Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake of Good Universe. Anna Halberg will serve as co-. Executive Vice President of Production Erik Baiers and Creative Executive Mika Pryce will oversee production for while Erin Westerman will oversee on behalf of Good Universe.

Caplan recently appeared on the big screen opposite Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard in Robert Zemeckis’ action drama pic Allied. Her list of lengthy list of and film credits include Now You See Me 2, Party Down, Bachelorette, The Night Before, and her breakout role in Mean Girls. She will next appear on the three-part BBC comedy series Ill Behaviour.

This news was first reported by Variety. Caplan is repped by , , and .

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