Joel Edgerton (Zero Dark Thirty, The Great Gatsby) will star in the sci-fi drama Midnight Special, about a man and his 8-year-old son who are forced to go on the run when the boy develops an extraordinary power.
The movie also stars Kirsten Dunst, currently appearing in the TV series Fargo. The impressive cast also includes Paul Sparks (House of Cards and Boardwalk Empire), veteran actor Sam Shepard (August: Osage County), Adam Driver (Girls), Michael Shannon (Man of Steel) and Bill Camp (12 Years a Slave).
The film was written and directed by Jeff Nichols, best known for the 2012 crime drama Mud, starring Matthew McConaughey.
In an interview with Movie Mezzanine while he was working on the screenplay, Nichols compared the project to the 1984 film Starman, about an alien who models himself after a woman’s dead husband, kidnaps the widow and forces her to drive him across the country.
Nichols said, “I won’t talk too much about it now, other than to say I kind of want to make a 1980s John Carpenter movie. If I had to choose one of those, it would be Starman. It’s interesting because I’m doing the same thing I did in the summer of 2008, writing two scripts at once. And so Midnight Special is going to be a genre film put through whatever bizarre filter is me.”
Midnight Special will hit theaters nationwide Nov. 25.