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'Ender's Game' Star Asa Butterfield Nabs Lead for 'Out of This World' (Exclusive)
Asa Butterfield, who starred in Ender’s Game, will topline Out of This World, a sci-fi adventure that Peter Chelsom is directing for Relativity Studios.
The story is set in motion when, during a mission to colonize Mars led by a billionaire entrepreneur, a female astronaut is found to be pregnant. After she dies during childbirth, her son is raised in secrecy on Mars. Sixteen years later, with the guidance of a mission specialist, the teen (Butterfield) connects with a young woman he’s been communicating with and embarks on a road trip across America in hopes of finding the father he never knew.
Allan Loeb (21, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) wrote the screenplay, with revisions by Chelsom and Tinker Lindsay.
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Relativity's Ryan Kavanaugh and Richard B. Lewis of Southpaw Entertainment, the latter a producing veteran whose credits range from Backdraft to August Rush, are producing.
Tucker Tooley, Loeb, Steven Pearl and Sasha Harari are executive producing.
Relativity president of production Robbie Brenner and creative executive Becky Sanderman are overseeing the film on behalf of the studio. Gabrielle Jerou is overseeing on behalf of Southpaw.
The new movie continues Butterfield’s rise as one of the leading young actors in Hollywood. The actor, who starred in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, is coming off the Sundance premiere of the indie drama Ten Thousand Saints, and he is in prep to star opposite Eva Green in Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
He is repped by CAA, Independent Talent Group and Felker Toczek.