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Reese Witherspoon Out, Rachel McAdams In For 'Passengers' With Keanu Reeves

by Kevin Jagernauth
October 25, 2013 4:30 PM
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To say "Passengers" has been in the works for years is no exaggeration. Since at least 2010 it has been brewing, with Keanu Reeves—who first commissioned the script from Jon Spaihts after reading his 2007 Black List entry "Shadow 19"—attached, going through a couple iterations, without much success. But steam seems to be building now. Earlier this year, "Game Of Thrones" and "Boardwalk Empire" helmer Brian Kirk signed on to direct, with Reese Witherspoon joining not longer after. Now there's a casting switcheroo, but nothing that should hold things up.

Rachel McAdams has replaced Witherspoon on the movie, with the actress forced to bow out due to scheduling conflicts. But the movie presses on, with the sci-fi tale centering on a passenger on a spaceship making a centuries-long journey to another planet, who is woken up, accidentally and irreversibly, by a computer glitch, 90 years too early. Faced with the prospect of living the rest of his life, and dying, alone on the ship, he decides to wake up a beautiful fellow passenger. And from there, a pretty distinct love story unfolds.

Production will begin early next year in Germany, with The Weinstein Company already signed up to distribute the picture. It certainly sounds like a pretty great piece of sci-fi, so color us curious, and hopefully Reeves and McAdams have the magic to make it work. [Deadline]

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  • critic | January 12, 2014 3:06 AMReply

    Awful. Another boring time travelling movie

  • MovieGeek | October 26, 2013 10:36 PMReply

    also no wow effect for adams

  • Effie | October 26, 2013 11:14 AMReply

    So it's basically Last Man Standing in space? She does/doesn't like him, hence the drama? Yawn.

  • s56e4f1av2c | October 25, 2013 7:14 PMReply

    "To say "Passengers" has been in the works for years is no exaggeration. Since at least 2010 it has been brewing"

    wow. a movie that's been in development for 3 years. never heard of that. maybe 'brewing' isn't the same as development, though. that could be.

  • BEF | October 25, 2013 6:25 PMReply

    Solaris level concept .... I like the idea.

  • Lenny | October 25, 2013 5:41 PMReply

    Anytime Witherspoon is replaced is a good thing.

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