Sandra Bullock to headline Netflix's post-apocalyptic thriller Bird Box

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Jul 20, 2017, 5:45 PM EDT

Following in the footsteps of Brad Pitt, who starred in the Neflix original movie War Machine, and Will Smith, who is set to headline the upcoming sci-fi/cop drama Bright, Sandra Bullock has now been tapped to star in the streaming giant’s post-apocalyptic thriller Bird Box.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Oscar-winning Danish helmer Susanne Bier (Serena) will direct the movie from a screenplay penned by Oscar-nominated Eric Heisserer (Arrival). Bird Box had been in the works at Universal under Netflix film chief Scott Stuber through his Bluegrass Films banner but is now with Stuber at his Netflix home.

Dylan Clark, Chris Morgan and Clayton Townsend will produce the movie, set to kick off production in August: meaning we’ll probably hear more casting news soon. Check out the synopsis:

Based on a 2014 novel by Josh Malerman, the story is set in the near future, where a mother (Bullock) and her two young children are among a small group of survivors after a mysterious alien force has driven the world's population to deadly violence. The three must make their way on a terrifying journey — 20 miles in a rowboat — while blindfolded, with nothing to rely on but the mother's wits and the children's trained ears.

Sandra Bullock, who starred in Alfonso Cuarón’s 2013 sci-fi movie Gravity and is an Oscar winner for her starring turn in The Blind Side, recently wrapped filming Ocean’s Eight. It’s exciting to see so many A-listers joining Netflix original movies, and I’ve to say the synopsis for Bird Box really sounds intriguing. Bring on the alien apocalypse!

What do you think of Sandra Bullock starring in Netflix's Bird Box?

(via THR)