Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actor, John Goodman has had a long and distinguished career. Exploding into the public consciousness with a longstanding role in Roseanne, he has worked regularly since, and recently performed in this year’s well received 10 Cloverfield Lane. Goodman already has a number of films lined up for next year, including Kong: Skull Island and The Coldest City as well as voice performances in Transformers: The Last Knight and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. At this point, it seems like nothing can slow Goodman down.
Brittish filmmaker, Rupert Wyatt hit the big time with 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes and has since made waves with the FOX television adaptation of The Exorcist. Wyatt was originally attached to direct 20th Century Fox’s X-Men spinoff, Gambit, but left the project due to creative differences. He has a number of upcoming sci-fi projects in development, including a TV show called Echo Chamber and a film, which he co-wrote with his wife, Erica Beeney (The Battle of Shaker Heights). The film, titled Captive State, was recently acquired by Participant Media in August, and will be co-produced by David Crockett (The Town, Hugo).
Variety has revealed John Goodman as the first actor to join the cast of Captive State. Unfortunately, no information is currently available about the nature of the plot or Goodman’s role in the film, which is currently being prepped for a 2018 release date.
John Goodman previously worked in a major supporting role on Rupert Wyatt’s 2014 film The Gambler, which starred Mark Wahlberg (Ted, Transformers: Age of Extinction). While it’s impossible to tell whether Goodman will be serving in a leading role for Captive State, the casting at least suggests Wyatt’s willingness to cast actors that he has previously worked with.
Wyatt has claimed an affinity for the works of Philip K Dick (among whose story’s many film adaptations include Blade Runner, Total Recall, and Minority Report). Piggybacking off that train of thought, /Film asked him if his upcoming projects would strike a similar tone or explore similar themes. Wyatt suggested that the sci-fi projects he is interested in developing are “very grounded and relatable to our world.” That said, don’t expect Captive State to be a space opera.
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