When Casey Affleck starred in Manchester by the Sea, it wasn’t just a low-key performance from the actor, it’s almost like it signaled a career shift. The films he’s chosen ever since have been under-the-radar stuff for the most part, such as Our Friend, The World to Come, and Every Breath You Take which opened earlier this year.
But that’s changing now as Affleck is set to star in the sci-fi drama, Slingshot, which is shaping up to be pretty big. It has a cast that includes Laurence Fishburne, Emily Beecham, Tomer Capone, and David Morrissey, and centers on an astronaut whose grip on reality is tenuous as he boards a doomed mission to Saturn’s moon, Titan.
The film comes from Swedish director Mikael Håfström, known for films such as Derailed, The Rite, Escape Plan, and Outside the Wire. Interestingly, considering the material, the script is co-written by Moon writer Nathan Parker and R. Scott Adams.
Filming on Slingshot begins December 1st. [THR]