Eiza González & Aaron Paul To Star In Flying Lotus’s Sci-Fi Film ‘Ash’

Eiza González (Baby Driver) and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) have signed on to star in Ash, a sci-fi thriller that will mark the sophomore feature from producer, rapper and filmmaker Flying Lotus.

González and Paul will replace Tessa Thompson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the lead roles, who were announced last summer but had to drop out.

González will play a woman who wakes up on a distant planet and finds the crew of her space station viciously killed. She must then decide whether she can trust the man ostensibly sent to rescue her. Jonni Remmler has written the original screenplay, while XYZ Films and GFC Films are producing, along with Neill Blomkamp (District 9).

Flying Lotus will also compose an original score for the film, just as he did for his 2017 debut, Kuso. That was a body horror comedy surrealist anthology film revolving around a series of four surreal vignettes about the mutated survivors of an earthquake that has destroyed Los Angeles. It sounds like Ash might be a little more straightforward, but who knows.

Flying Lotus is a Grammy winner who has six albums under his belt. In addition to Kuso, last year he executive-produced and scored Netflix anime series Yasuke which starred LaKeith Stanfield, and he most recently wrote/ directed/scored a segment for anthology horror film V/H/S/99. He said about Ash:

“We are building something fresh and unique with Ash and having Eiza and Aaron in this world just makes it flames. They are absolute magic makers, brave and equally inspiring. All that to say… We ’bout to kill this shit.”

González will next be seen in David Benioff and D.B. Weiss‘ Netflix sci-fi series The Three Body Problem, and is currently filming Guy Ritchie‘s Ministry Of Ungentlemanly Warfare. This will be Paul’s first film since co-starring with Karen Gillan in 2022’s satirical sci-fi Dual.

Production on Ash is expected to start in New Zealand in May.


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