Over the years, both John Krasinski and Emily Blunt have blossomed from promising newcomers to bona fide stars. Krasinski first sauntered onto the national stage in NBC’s The Office, on which he played goofy prankster Jim Halpert throughout its nine-season run. After the series wrapped in 2013, turns in the Bradley Cooper-fronted Aloha (2015) and Michael Bay-directed 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, helped solidify his leading man status. Now, he’s landed the title role in Amazon’s forthcoming Jack Ryan adaption, and will appear in Kathryn Bigelow’s untitled Detroit race-riots drama.
Blunt’s trajectory has been similar, though she hasn’t dabbled much in television. Her first notable part was in The Devil Wears Prada as Emily Charlton, Miranda Priestly’s snide assistant. From there, she’s nabbed several prominent film roles, including The Adjustment Bureau alongside Matt Damon, Into the Woods — where she reunited with Devil Wears Prada co-star Meryl Streep — and Edge of Tomorrow. Last year, her starring performance in The Girl On the Train earned her widespread acclaim, and she’s next set to lead Mary Poppins Returns for Disney.
Now, THR reports that the husband-and-wife team will join together for their first feature in supernatural thriller A Quiet Place. (They’re both voicing character for the upcoming Animal Crackers, but it’s an animated film.) Krasinski is pulling triple duty, as he’s also set to direct and re-write from a script originally penned by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods. He previously directed Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (2009) and the critically acclaimed indie The Hollars (2016), but this will mark his first time helming a major studio film.
Krasinski will also serve as an executive producer alongside Beck, Woods, and Allyson Seeger. Paramount and Platinum Dunes are handling production, and Michael Bay — who has worked with Krasinski on both 13 Hours and Jack Ryan — is among the producers.
The film is slated to go into production this fall. As of yet, few plot details have been revealed. THR cites it only as a “semi-contained thriller set on a farm where a family is being terrorized by evil,” which doesn’t sound entirely enticing. With a description that vague, it might as well be a Children of the Corn remake.
Nonetheless, it will be interesting to see Krasinski and Blunt tackle something outside of their purview. Between the two of them, they’ve done drama, action, comedy, suspense, and even musicals, but the supernatural edge will be fresh territory.
No further details for A Quiet Place have been announced, but Screen Rant will keep you updated.
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