What is The Europa Report?

News Ryan Lambie
13 Feb 2012 - 08:27

It’s sci-fi, and it stars Sharlto Copley. But what else do we know about the upcoming movie, The Europa Report…?

Having already starred in Neill Blomkamp’s short film Alive In Joburg, the director's debut feature District 9 and his forthcoming Elysium, actor Sharlto Copley’s surely one of the finest in sci-fi. And we now know that Copley will also star in another sci-fi movie, directed by Ecuadorian director Sebastián Cordero.

It’s called The Europa Report, and until recently, little was known about it. Over the weekend, though, a few intriguing details began to emerge. The first was an image printed in Entertainment Weekly, which showed Copley in a space suit and framed by the amber glow of Jupiter.

Shortly after, a viral website emerged, which appears to show footage from inside a spaceship. The Europa Report, it seems, is about a mission to Jupiter’s moon, and what the astronauts find when they get there. Michael Nyqvist, Anamaria Marinca, Christian Camargo, Daniel Wu and Karolina Wydra join Copley on the mission, and if you study the footage for long enough, you’ll see the occasional glimpse of them sitting in their space craft, eating dinner or idly reading a book.

The website, purporting to be the online presence of a company called Europa Ventures, also carries this blurb: “We've sent six astronauts from space programs throughout the world on a three year journey to Europa to explore its oceans and confirm these findings. We're proud to be at the forefront of the effort to prove the existence of extra-terrestrial life within our solar system, within our lifetimes.”

At the moment, The Europa Report looks like a quite serious sci-fi film that provides a relatively realistic view of space exploration – a bit like 2001: A Space Odyssey, or Solaris. Or Danny Boyle’s Sunshine, before it went all Event Horizon and slasher-movie-among-the-stars.

It’s fair to say we don’t know a whole lot more about The Europa Report right now, other than it stars Copley as an astronaut, and that there might be some aliens in it, but we’re certainly intrigued. We’ll bring you more information about the film as we get it.

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