Robopocalypse cast starts to take shape

News Simon Brew 26 Sep 2012 - 06:44

Steven Spielberg is set to direct Robopocalypse next year. Ben Whishaw, Chris Hemsworth and Anne Hathaway are joining him...

There are a couple of passages in Daniel H Wilson's novel Robopocalypse that, straight away, you can see would look really quite special on the big screen. It's not going to be the easiest book to adapt, with the narrative structure being a series of reports from the human fight against a robot uprising. But it seems that time has been taken to get a screenplay right, and Steven Spielberg is returning to the science fiction genre again to direct. This is good.

His cast for Robopocalypse has been moving into place, too. It'd earlier been revealed that Chris Hemsworth was in line for a role, and yesterday, news broke that Anne Hathaway was in talks for the female lead. The latest addition to the cast looks like being Ben Whishaw, who's about to be seen as Q in the upcoming James Bond movie, Skyfall.

Robopocalypse, which remains a horrible word to have to type out, is set to film next year, with a release set for the summer of 2014. There's still a bit more casting to do, and as more names are added, we'll keep you posted.

Variety.

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The more I learn about this book the more it sounds like World War Z with different villains. I'm sure the film will be up to scratch though, some good casting choices so far.

The more I learn about this book the more it sounds like World War Z with different villains. I'm sure the film will be up to scratch though, some good casting choices so far.

It has much more of a directed narrative than WWZ, but it is very similar in that it's a series of interviews, recordings, videos etc documenting the fight back.

I can't imagine Ben Whishaw playing anyone except Lurker - the hacker who leads the UK side of the human fight back.

Yes, Lurker for sure.

I have read this book as well the Authors other titles and found this one esquisite!!, the whole scale of the book is vast and takes snippets from different viewpoints all against Archos, fav got to be hte chapters set in Japan, cant wait!

This really is the worst title ever. Sounds like something from the Syfy channel.

Spielberg always does Great Sci-Fi, even Minorty Report with it's Swiss cheese plot looked fantastic and was believable - apart from the whole precognitive thing, but that was Philip's fault. However, it's going to take a lot for me to get past a terrible name like 'Robopocalypse' - did a 10 year old come up with that title?

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