The next J.J. Abrams-produced original sci-fi film has just signed its lead actors, and perhaps spilled some more plot details.
According to Variety, J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot company has landed actors David Oyelowo and Gugu Mbatha-Raw to star in God Particle, the latest in Bad Robot's series of low-budget sci-fi originals that includes 2008's Cloverfield and this month's 10 Cloverfield Lane.
Oyelowo is best known for his inspired portrayal of Martin Luther King Jr. in 2013's Selma, but has also appeared in Jack Reacher and A Most Violent Year, while Mbatha-Raw has shown up in Concussion, Beyond the Lights and the short-lived 2010 Bad Robot series Undercovers.
Meanwhile, the official plot synopsis for God Particle, which is being directed by Julius Onah, follows “a team of astronauts on a mission who make a terrifying discovery that challenges all they know about the fabric of reality, as they desperately fight for survival.” Sounds pretty interesting, right?
But The Wrap has added a few new wrinkles to that narrative, reporting that the film "follows an American space station crew who, believing they have destroyed Earth via a Hadron accelerator, allow the crew of hostile nations to board their ship, with disastrous results."
Tortured grammar about the "crew of hostile nations" aside, could messing around with the accelerator bring about a cataclysmic event that rips a hole in reality and leaves a bunch of astronauts from rival countries struggling to survive in a suddenly Earth-less solar system?
And is this story in any way connected to Cloverfield or 10 Cloverfield Lane? The thread between those two was tenuous at best, and on the surface it seems as if the Cloverfield banner might be more of a Bad Robot brand name for spooky sci-fi outings rather than the key word for a new shared universe. But then again, you never know what Abrams might be hiding inside his Mystery Box -- maybe it's through a tear in the fabric of reality that all those monsters from the previous two movies come roaring through.
God Particle is slated to hit theaters on Feb. 24, 2017, and you can speculate all you want about it below.