Riz Ahmed and Octavia Spencer have signed on to star in the sci-fi thriller Invasion from Michael Pearce, the writer-director of 2017’s Beast. Pearce has co-written the script with Joe Barton (The Ritual), while Amazon has secured worldwide rights to the project.
Ahmed will play a decorated Marine who goes on the run with his two sons as he tries to protect them from a non-human threat. Their escape takes them in increasingly dangerous and unexpected directions, and the two brothers are forced to confront hard truths and leave their childhood behind. Spencer will play a supporting role as a probation officer.
That premise doesn’t give us much. Invasion could turn out to have a lot more to it than the synopsis, or it could just be kind of generic. We’ll see. Fans of Beast or The Ritual may have more enthusiasm for the project. Ahmed and Spencer’s presence is obviously a big plus though.
Ahmed broke out in Nightcrawler and then went on to win an Emmy for his starring role in HBO’s The Night Of. He recently signed on to work with Barack and Michelle Obama and the Russo brothers on Netflix’s Exit West, while he’s also got the great-looking Amazon film Sound Of Metal, where he plays a drummer who starts losing his hearing, coming soon.
Spencer won an Oscar for The Help and was just nominated for an Emmy for her work on Netflix’s Self-Made: Inspired By The Life Of Madam CJ Walker. She’ll next be seen on the big screen in The Witches alongside Anne Hathaway, and she’s also slated to return for a second season of the Apple series Truth Be Told.