Wilson boards 'Passengers' for Mandate


Patrick Wilson has signed on to star as the male lead in the supernatural thriller "Passengers," being produced and financed by Mandate Pictures.

Anne Hathaway already has boarded the Rodrigo Garcia-helmed film, which Columbia Pictures will release domestically.

Penned by Ronnie Christensen, "Passengers" centers on a grief counselor (Hathaway) who helps six plane crash survivors and develops a special connection with one of them. When the survivors begin to disappear mysteriously, she suspects a conspiracy and becomes determined to uncover the truth.

Wilson, who stars opposite Kate Winslet in the Golden Globe nominated "Little Children," will play Eric, the survivor who becomes romantically involved with Hathaway's character.

Mockingbird Pictures' Julie Lynn, Intuition Prods.' Keri Selig and Persistent Entertainment's Judd Payne and Matthew Rhodes are producing. Mandate's Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane are executive producing.

Wilson, whose credits include "Hard Candy" and "Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera," next appears in Ed Burns' "Purple Violets," "Evening" with Meryl Streep and Claire Danes and "Life in Flight" opposite Amy Smart.

He is repped by CAA and attorneys Gretchen Rush and Steven Warren.