According to a Variety exclusive, David Oyelowo and Gugu Mbatha-Raw have joined the cast of God Particle. Presumably, the two actors will lead the team of astronauts, with no other word on additional cast members. First-time feature director Julius Onah will be at the helm, with the film set to begin production soon for a February 24, 2017 release date.
People give J.J. Abrams a lot of hate for everything that he does. He's accused of being a rip-off who steals from the best, with his dissenters using films like Star Trek Into Darkness, Super 8 (a masterpiece, by the way) and even Star Wars: The Force Awakens as examples. But as a 17-year old kid, for my generation, he's the closest thing to a Spielberg that we have. Sure, you could throw Nolan in that mix as well, but Abrams means something to a lot of people around my age. He's one of the most influential filmmakers in Hollywood, and I absolutely love the standard that he's setting. In a world where whitewashing and gender inequality are still major topics of discussion, Abrams is shutting all of that down with critical roles for African-American and Latino actors, strong female protagonists and a celebration of diversity behind the camera too. Whether or not God Particle connects to Cloverfield, I'm excited either way. This sounds like an intriguing film, and with a similar formula to what Abrams did with 10 Cloverfield Lane, this could be another fun sleeper smash that announces the talent of a promising young filmmaker. Count me in.