I’ve seen reports calling M. Night Shyamalan’s upcoming post-apocalyptic, sci-fi adventure by conflicting names. There are those referring to it as 1000 A.E. like the Heat Vision article I’ve sourced for this news, and there are those who have been referring to it simply as After Earth, which seems to come from a tweet the director made referring to the movie as such.
Whatever it’s going to end up being officially called, the new Shyamalan joint will star Will and Jaden Smith as a futuristic father/son duo who live in a time when man is no longer inhabiting the Earth, probably because it’s been completely overtaken by massive electric car junkyards. Will’s character is seen as a great hero, but Jaden’s is viewed as a disappointment because he’s not a great warrior. This is an unfortunate set-up, because when the duo crash lands on Earth it suddenly becomes the job of the son to save the father. And then, you know, joke about what the twist is going to be…yadda yadda.
That’s all old news, though. The newest stuff hitting the wire concerning this film is word that the roles of Smith’s wife and daughter are now being cast. In talks to play the wife is Sophie Okonedo, who has appeared in films before (like Hotel Rwanda), but who is probably best known for her role on Doctor Who. And in talks for the role of the daughter is Zoe Kravitz, who has most prominently appeared in X-Men: First Class. Those are certainly a couple of pretty ladies, and also some fine actresses from what I’ve seen of them. It’s a shame they have to be in a M. Night Shyamalan movie.
What? I’m a Shyamalan hater, I had to go there.