It’s been a good week for Zach Braff. Fresh off an Emmy nomination for directing an episode of Ted Lasso, he’s been cast in New Line Cinema’s sci-fi romantic comedy Moonshot, which is being developed exclusively for HBO Max.
Braff joins a cast that already includes Cole Sprouse, Lana Condor, and Mason Golding. Chris Winterbauer is directing from a script written by Max Taxe.
The films is set in a future where Mars has been terraformed and colonized by the best that humanity has to offer. Two very different college students wind up joining forces, sneaking aboard a space shuttle in order to be united with their significant others who were already sent to Mars. Braff has reportedly been cast as the visionary entrepreneur behind the effort to colonize Mars.
This will be Winterbauer’s first major feature after his short film Wyrm received positive reviews at several festivals.
Moonshot will be produced by prolific producers Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schecter under their Berlanti/Schecter banner, which has a four-picture deal with WarnerMedia. Moonshot will be their second feature collaboration after 2020’s Unpregnant.
Braff was recently seen alongside Robert De Niro and Morgan Freeman in The Comeback Trail and opposite Christopher Walken in Percy.
He’s currently in production on Michael Maren‘s Shriver, although Moonshot is soon entering production and will probably arrive on screen first.