‘Hanna’ actress Saoirse Ronan joins Paul Mescal (‘Normal People’) and LaKeith Stanfield (‘Judas and the Black Messiah’) for the upcoming science fiction thriller ‘Foe,’ slated to be directed by Garth Davis (‘Mary Magdalene’).
‘Foe’ is based on a sci-fi novel by Iain Reid, which tells the story of a husband who has been selected to the space station OuterMore. Hesitant to leave his wife, he is told that he will be replaced with a “biomechanical duplicate” to take care of her while he is away. This opens up the door for paranoia and suspicion as the mysterious man continually returns to ask the husband probing questions about his life ahead of his journey into space.
“I’ve been on the hunt to do something in sci-fi, it was always on my bucket list, and also to find material I could make an actor’s piece with a Cassavetian level of performance,” Davis explained to Deadline in an interview. “I read ‘Foe’ and could not put it down. It’s incredibly suspenseful, very moving and dealt with sci-fi in a most grounded way that spoke to where we are heading as a society, with a lot of the questions we all have, explored in a profound way.”
He continued, ‘And the love story just broke my heart, this story of self-determination, fighting for the things that are most precious in our lives, and reminding audiences that this time we have here is precious and the way we treat each other is the way we need to be treating the planet. Foe was just a bull’s-eye, for me.”
Davis praised the casting of Ronan and how she was the right choice for the part of the wife.
“What I love about Saoirse is, you see her on screen and she is just so unfiltered and alive,” he said. “She represents to me all the things we need to protect in the world. Putting her in the belly of this suspenseful and uneasy story is the whole point. What she represents is precious, she’s an empath. She fights for the things we all should be fighting for. I was looking for an actress who just had those qualities, and that beauty.”
‘Foes’ will be an Anonymous Content Studios production with Davis co-producing.
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