Rakuten and The H Collective have tapped Deadpool actress Morena Baccarin to star in the survival thriller Beast, from Academy Award nominated director Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales), we've learned today.
Based on Aaron W. Sala’s Blacklist script, Beast is described as "a hard-hitting survival thriller about a woman who survives a plane crash and is stranded on a seemingly deserted island in the South Pacific. She must fight to get back to her children, face her inner demons and a real threat of unimaginable proportions."
"For me The Beast is a story about a woman that is forced to break out of her victim mentality by finding her inner strength and courage to fight for herself and reclaim her life," Sandberg said in a statement. "It is a survival story on both a psychological and physical level that I believe will intrigue, thrill and hopefully inspire the audience. The Beast is a refreshing merge of genres with horror, thriller, action and dramatic elements, with a strong female lead and important theme. It couldn’t be more timely!"
Beast marks the first film under the joint venture between Rakuten and The H Collective who first partnered in August.
Sherryl Clark and Kenneth Huang are producing for The H Collective alongside Rakuten Chairman and CEO Mickey Mikitani.
Principal Photography will begin in late March in New Zealand.