By Jessica Kiang | The Playlist October 18, 2010 at 2:57AM
So this writer has seen maybe four episodes of “The Big Bang Theory” and finds it dumber than a bucket of hair, however, I’m sure they’re all nice people, so we guess we’re happy for Johnny Galecki (he plays the most socially adept of the show's chief nerdlingers) who, according to Deadline, has landed a big screen role in the New Regency sci-fi film that used to be called “Im.Mortal” but isn’t any more.
Galecki, aside from small roles in the likes of “Vanilla Sky” and “Hancock,” is better known for TV work, especially his recurring role as Darlene’s boyfriend on “Roseanne,” and here joins an interesting, previously-reported-on cast including Cillian Murphy, Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, Justin Timberlake (Galecki will play Timberlake’s best friend), and "Mad Men" star Vincent Kartheiser -
The film concerns a future where time has become currency so if you’re rich you can live forever (more story details here), a plot that, in its dystopian futurism evokes "Gattaca," a rather underrated sci-fi film which was also written and directed by this film’s writer/director, Andrew Niccol. If he’s on that kind of form, with this cast, and shorn of its gimmicky title, we’re cautiously optimistic, though Niccol did make the blandly dystopian gimmicky-titled sci-fi hybrid mess that was "S1m0ne," so maybe make that ‘optimistically cautious.’ Shooting starts imminently.