Rebecca Ferguson Leading Sci-fi Pic from ‘Deadpool’ Writers

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Rebecca Ferguson is set to star in Life, an upcoming science-fiction film from Skydance Productions.

The Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation actress has been cast in a lead role in the project, an original idea scripted by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, the duo behind Fox’s upcoming Deadpool film. Variety broke the news, reporting that Easy Money and Safe House director Daniel Espinosa has been placed at the helm.

Life will follow the crew stationed at an International Space Station. They receive a sample from Mars displaying signs of life, and soon find that it’s much more intelligent than they imagined.

Ferguson has been locking in bigger and bigger roles since her titular turn in Starz mini-series The White Queen. Since earning the in-demand role of Isla Faust in Rogue Nation, Ferguson has been cast in The Snowman, an upcoming crime-drama co-starring Michael Fassbender, and The Girl on the Train, an upcoming mystery-thrilller led by Emily Blunt. Also, Ferguson is expected to reprise her role as Faust in Mission: Impossible 6, which would make her the first actress to star in two M:I pictures.

On the other hand, Espinosa could certainly use a win here. The director’s last film, the Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and Gary Oldman-starring period-thriller Child 44, perform very poorly financially and critically.