Anne Hathaway to Star in Indie Sci-Fi Film O2

Oscar winning actress Anne Hathaway will star in O2, a sci-fi mystery thriller in which she wakes up in a cryogenic chamber.

While Anne Hathaway donned a spacesuit in director Christopher Nolan’s 2014 sci-fi drama Interstellar, the actress will soon find herself back in a futuristic, self-contained, pressure-sealed situation, specifically a cryogenic chamber. She’s booked to star in a sci-fi film called O2; a project that’s expediting its production.

According to Deadline, Anne Hathaway will star in O2, a film from indie studio IM Global, sporting a tight $10 million budget. The film is being described as a “self-contained thriller with sci-fi elements,” akin to more deliberately-paced, claustrophobic cinematic offerings such as the 2013 Sandra Bullock-starring space-exiled drama Gravity and the 2010 Ryan Reynolds-starring, coffin-confined thriller Buried. Thus, O2 seems to be a starring role for Hathaway focused entirely on her performance. In this case, Hathaway plays a woman who wakes up in a cryogenic chamber, without any memory of where she is or how she ended up there. With oxygen rapidly depleting, she must make her escape imminently.

Hathaway, who won the 2013 Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Les Misérables, has been seen in films such as the aforementioned Interstellar, blockbuster sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Intern, Get Smart, Brokeback Mountain and The Princess Diaries and its sequel. She’s currently filming a thriller (for IM Global,) written and directed by Peaky Blinders visionary Steven Knight called Serenity in which she reunites with her Interstellar co-star Matthew McConaughey. Her film docket also includes Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remake Nasty Women (opposite Rebel Wilson,) and is part of a colossal cast of female talent in the ensemble heist franchise revival Ocean’s Eight.

O2 is currently looking for a director to work off its script by newcomer screenwriter Christie LeBlanc. Production is reportedly organizing at a rapid pace, with filming expected this fall. Seeing as the project will apparently center on shots of Anne Hathaway stuck in a cryogenic chamber, the shoot should be brief enough to not monopolize her already-busy schedule.

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