The career of director Garth Davis has taken some interesting turns, beginning with his Best Picture-nominated breakout, Lion. He followed that up a few years later with Mary Magdalene, a film he struggled to get made despite a cast of Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix. After helping Jane Campion on episodes of Top of the Lake, he then landed the Tron 3 gig, although that film has been quiet ever since. And now Davis’ latest, a sci-fi thriller titled Foe, has found a home at Amazon Studios.
It was earlier this year that we learned Oscar-nominated actress Saoirse Ronan would be joined by Lakeith Stanfield in Foe. Davis would direct, based on a story by author Iain Reid about a near-future couple living on a remote farm. The husband is shocked to learn that he has been selected to participate in a study at a space station orbiting Earth. He learns that whle he is gone, his wife will be kept company by his duplicate, which understandably causes a rift and forces her to make some tough decisions.
With the news of Foe’s acquistion by Amazon also comes the news that Stanfield has dropped out of the project due to his busy schedule on Disney’s Haunted Mansion remake. He has been replaced by Rebel Ridge actor Aaron Pierre. Also in the cast playing Ronan’s husband is Normal People actor Paul Mescal.