Ron Howard’s Survival Thriller ‘Origin of Species’ Gathers All-Star Cast for Filming in Australia

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Ron Howard’s highly anticipated upcoming feature film, “Origin of Species,” is generating a lot of buzz as the renowned director assembles an impressive all-star cast. The survival thriller, written by Noah Pink of “Tetris” fame, is set to star Jude Law, Ana De Armas, Alicia Vikander, and Daniel Brühl. According to Deadline, the film will be shopped at the Cannes market, with filming scheduled to commence in late 2023 in Queensland, Australia.

“Origin of Species” draws inspiration from a true story, weaving together two different accounts of a gripping event. Described by the filmmakers as a “darkly comic tale of murder and survival,” the plot revolves around a diverse group of characters who abandon civilization and venture into the Galapagos in search of the meaning of life, amidst a backdrop of mystery and danger.

Ron Howard, acclaimed for his directorial work on films such as “A Beautiful Mind” and “Apollo 13,” recently directed “Thirteen Lives,” a gripping drama based on the Thai cave rescue, which premiered on Prime Video. Starring Viggo Mortensen, Colin Farrell, and Joel Edgerton, the film garnered critical acclaim. With “Origin of Species,” Howard continues his exploration of captivating true stories that captivate audiences.

The star-studded cast of “Origin of Species” adds to the film’s allure. Ana De Armas, fresh off her Oscar nomination for her role in “Blonde,” brings her talent and charm to the production. Known for her roles in “Blade Runner 2049” and “Knives Out,” De Armas has established herself as a versatile and compelling actress. She recently starred alongside Chris Evans in the Apple TV+ film “Ghosted” and is set to lead the upcoming “Ballerina,” a spinoff of the popular John Wick franchise.

Jude Law, a two-time Oscar nominee for his performances in “Cold Mountain” and “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” adds his considerable acting prowess to the film. Currently involved in the development of the Disney+ series “Star Wars: Skeleton Crew,” Law’s portrayal of Albus Dumbledore in the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise has garnered widespread acclaim. His recent appearance as Captain Hook in the live-action remake of “Peter Pan & Wendy” further showcases his versatility.

Alicia Vikander, an Academy Award winner for her role in “The Danish Girl” and known for her portrayal of Lara Croft in the “Tomb Raider” reboot, brings her talent and depth to “Origin of Species.” With recent films like “Blue Bayou” and “The Green Knight,” Vikander continues to showcase her range and ability to embody complex characters.

Daniel Brühl, renowned for his performances in “Inglorious Basterds” and “Rush,” adds his remarkable acting skills to the film. After his appearances in “Captain America: Civil War” and the Disney+ series “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” Brühl has become a recognized face in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His involvement in the critically acclaimed “All Quiet on the Western Front” and the Netflix film “The Alienist” has further solidified his reputation as a versatile actor.

With an exceptional director, an intriguing plot based on true events, and a star-studded cast, “Origin of Species” promises to be an enthralling cinematic experience. As fans eagerly await further updates, the film’s production in Queensland, Australia, holds the promise of breathtaking visuals and captivating storytelling that will leave audiences on the edge of their seats.

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