Mila Kunis booked for 'Eli' role

Denzel Washington stars in the action thriller

Mila Kunis has joined the cast of "The Book of Eli," the Denzel Washington action thriller from Warner Bros. and Alcon Entertainment. Albert and Allen Hughes are directing.

The script, by Gary Whitta and a rewrite by Anthony Peckham, centers on a lone hero named Eli (Washington) who must fight his way across the wasteland of a near-future America to protect a sacred book that might hold the key to saving the future of humanity.

Kunis plays a woman named Solara, at first enlisted to betray Eli, she ultimately joins him in his quest.

Alcon is financing and co-producing with Silver Pictures. Warners will distribute domestically while Summit Entertainment will handle international sales.

Principal photography begins in February in New Mexico.

Kunis, repped by CAA and Curtis Talent Management, most recently starred opposite Mark Wahlberg in "Max Payne," and in the comedy "Forgetting Sarah Marshall."