J.J. Abrams supernatural World War II film Overlord rounds out cast with S.H.I.E.L.D. star

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May 17, 2017

Paramount and Bad Robot's upcoming supernatural World War II thriller Overlord has added quite a few genre actors to its growing cast.

According to Deadline, Iain de Caestecker (the MVP of this season's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Bokeem Woodbine (Spider-Man: Homecoming), and John Magaro (Orange is the New Black) have joined stars Jovan Adepo (The Leftovers) and Wyatt Russell (22 Jump Street).

J.J. Abrams and Lindsey Weber are producing the film, with Julius Avery (Son of a Gun) directing. Rounding out the cast are Jacob Anderson (Game of Thrones), Dominic Applewhite (The King’s Speech), Pilou Asbaek (Game of Thrones, Ghost in the Shell), and Mathilde Ollivier (The Misfortunes of Francois Jane). Abrams also came up with the story, along with Billy Ray (The Hunger Games, Captain Phillips), who is penning the scrip with Mark L. Smith (The Revenant).

So, what’s Overlord about? Well, as I said, it’s set during the Second World War, and has supernatural elements attached to it. Here’s a previous synopsis (since the Deadline one seems to be ignoring the supernatural stuff):

The story follows two paratroopers who are caught behind enemy lines after their plane crashes on a mission to destroy a German radio tower in a small town outside of Normandy during the D-Day invasion. After reaching their target, the two paratroopers come to realize that besides fighting off Nazi soldiers, they also must combat against supernatural forces that are a result of a secret Nazi experiment.

Yep. That's a winning combo right there! Currently in production in the U.K., Overlord doesn't have a set premiere date yet, but expect it to hit movie theaters sometime in 2018. What do you think of the premise and cast for the supernatural thriller?

(via Deadline)