Kurt Sutter, the inked and eloquent writer/producer who brought Shakespearean pathos to the brutal world of motorcycle gangs in Sons of Anarchy, has joined the cast of Chaos Walking, the new sci-fi thriller from Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow, Jumper).
Based on the novel trilogy by Carnegie Award-winning writer Patrick Ness, the survival tale revolves around a man named Todd (Holland) who resides on the remote planet of New World, a destination of revived hope for humanity until it's stricken by “The Noise,” a vicious virus which inflicts immersive visions of ones’ thoughts upon its victims.
According to Deadline's detailed synopsis, "the cacophony drives many mad until Todd makes a hidden, silent discovery: there is a girl named Viola (Ridley), who may be the key to unlocking New World’s many layered secrets. Together, the two unlikely companions are forced on a white-knuckle adventure into an unexplored planet – trying to escape and hide in an environment where all thought is heard, all movement seen –as they both discover the truth about the lives they left behind and the spectacular world they’ve learned to call home."
In addition to working as a head writer and eventual executive producer on The Shield and creating the wild ride that was FX's Sons of Anarchy, Sutter also displayed some fierce acting chops on SOA, playing the psychotic Otto Delaney, an imprisoned member of SAMCROW who bites off his own tongue to prevent himself from talking to the Feds. Now that's loyalty!
For Chaos Walking, Sutter will play a character named Cillian, a hardworking farmer who adopted Todd when he was a child. Despite their sometimes troubling relationship, Cillian makes an ultimate sacrifice to ensure Todd's future safety.
Lionsgate's release date is still a ways off at March 1, 2019 but this project has an impressive cast so far and could be something to keep on your radar.