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Tau – Maika Monroe and Ed Skrein join Federico D’Alessandro’s sci-fi thriller

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BLOOM have announced that Maika Monroe (Independence Day: Resurgence, It Follows, The Guest) and Ed Skrein (Deadpool) will star in Tau for director Federico D’ Alessandro. Waypoint Entertainment will finance under their first look deal with Addictive Pictures. David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, The Dark Knight trilogy) and Kevin Turen (The Birth of a Nation, 99 Homes, All is Lost, Arbitrage) will produce under their Phantom Four banner alongside Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder for Addictive Pictures.

Once a street-smart grifter, Julia (Monroe) is the latest victim kidnapped and held captive in a fatal experiment. The only thing standing in the way of her freedom is TAU, an advanced artificial intelligence developed by Alex (Skrein), her captor. TAU is armed with a battalion of drones that automate a futuristic smart house.  TAU’s potential is only limited by his understanding of the world he exists in, but TAU is ready for more. Julia, showing resourcefulness and courage, must race against time to bridge the boundaries between man and machine, connect to TAU and win her freedom before she suffers the same fate as the previous subjects.

Sounds like a different take on Alex Garland’s Ex Machina.

“From the first moment Noga’s script made the Blacklist, we knew we wanted to be part of this special project,” said David Goyer. “Federico’s vision for the film was one of the most assured director presentations I have ever seen.  Our backing of these two new voices continues our commitment to emerging filmmakers.  We want to thank Ken and the Waypoint team for helping us bring this exciting story to life.”

Best known for her performance in Indie horror hit It Follows, Monroe is currently in production on Peter Landesman’s Felt starring Liam Neeson and in June can be seen in Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day: Resurgence for Twentieth Century Fox.   Skrein recently co-starred in the hit Deadpool for Twentieth Century Fox.

Goyer’s work includes The Dark Knight trilogy and Man of Steel for Warner Bros., which has led to over $4 billion globally. D’Alessandro is the artist responsible for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most iconic visual sequences with credits including Ant-Man, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Iron Man 3.

Ken Kao, Dan Kao and Luc Etienne will executive produce. BLOOM is handling international sales and will begin introducing the film to foreign buyers in Cannes.  WME will represent the U.S. rights. Currently in pre-production, the sci-fi thriller is penned by Noga Landau.

Monroe, D’ Alessandro, Landau and Goyer are represented by WME while Skrein is repped by CAA and 42.

Waypoint Entertainment recently acquired the rights to two Mark Millar properties, American Jesus and Supercrooks which Kao will produce with partner Dan Kao and Addictive Pictures’ Ackerman and Schoenfelder under their first-look deal.

The BLOOM and Waypoint Entertainment slate includes: Martin Zandvliet’s The Outsider starring Jared Leto; Scott Cooper’s Hostiles starring Christian Bale; Shane Black’s detective thriller The Nice Guys starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling which will make its world premiere in Cannes and be released by Warner Bros. in the U.S. on. May 20 and Kate and Laura Mulleavy’s Woodshock starring Kirsten Dunst.

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