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Kate Mara is attached to star in Morgan, a sci-fi thriller just set up at Fox with Luke Scott, the son of filmmaker Ridley Scott, on board to make his feature directorial debut.
Anya Taylor-Joy, who made a breakthrough performance with a starring turn in the Sundance horror movie The Witch, is in final negotiations to star opposite Mara.
Ridley Scott is producing with his Scott Free mates Michael Schaefer and Elishia Holmes, who developed the project in-house with writer Seth Owen and Luke Scott before setting it up at Fox. George Heller will exec produce.
Owen wrote the script, which was on the 2014 Black List, the annual list of best unproduced screenplays.
The story centers on a corporate risk-management consultant who is summoned to a remote research lab to determine whether or not to terminate an at-risk artificial being.
Steve Asbell is overseeing for the studio.
Morgan will be the third feature that Mara does for Fox in recent times. She will be seen as Sue Storm/Invisible Woman in this summer’s Fantastic Four and is currently shooting The Martian, which Ridley Scott is directing. She is repped by UTA and Stone Meyer.
Taylor-Joy has no U.S. representation (she is repped by Toika in the U.K.), but she became a hot commodity when she made her feature debut in Witch, the moody period horror movie from Robert Eggers that generated considerable buzz at Sundance.
Luke Scott isn’t the first of Ridley Scott’s offspring to get behind the camera. Daughter Jordan Scott helmed the 2009 drama Cracks, which starred Eva Green and Juno Temple, while son Jake Scott made Welcome to the Rileys, which starred James Gandolfini and Kristen Stewart.
Luke Scott directed a sci-fi short titled Loom and worked with his father on Exodus: Gods and Kings, in which he acted as a second unit director. (Fun fact: He appeared onscreen in his father’s first feature, 1977’s The Duelists.)
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