The filming of Ron Howard’s ‘Origin of Species’ is scheduled to begin in Queensland, Australia, in April 2024. The thriller film is “a darkly comic tale of murder and survival, set around a group of eclectic characters who abandon civilization for the Galapagos. They are all searching for the answer to that ever-pressing question that plagues us all: What is the meaning of life,” as per the official synopsis.
If the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike concludes by April 2024, the cast and crew of the film will be heading to Queensland to commence the shoot. The Australian state is known for its natural landscapes, scenic beaches, and the Great Barrier Reef. Queensland has previously hosted the filming of ‘Thor: Ragnarok,’ ‘Godzilla vs. Kong,’ ‘Ticket to Paradise,’ ‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold,’ ‘San Andreas,’ and ‘Pacific Rim: Uprising.’
The film is helmed by Academy Award-winner Howard with a script by Noah Pink. Howard is known for directing the 2001 biographical drama ‘A Beautiful Mind,’ the 2006 mystery thriller ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and the 2008 historical drama ‘Frost/Nixon.’ He also served as a producer on some acclaimed television shows, including ‘24,’ ‘Arrested Development,’ and ‘The PJs.’ On the other hand, Pink’s works include the Apple TV+ film ‘Tetris’ and the anthology series ‘Genius.’
‘Origin of Species’ stars Ana de Armas, Alicia Vikander, Jude Law, and Daniel Brühl in undisclosed roles. Armas is an Academy Award-nominated actress, most recently seen in Apple TV+’s ‘Ghosted’ opposite Chris Evans. The actress has also been appreciated for her performances as Norma Jeane/Marilyn Monroe in ‘Blonde,’ Dani Miranda in ‘The Gray Man,’ and Paloma in ‘No Time to Die.’ Vikander is known for her roles in ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,’ ‘Ex Machina,’ and ‘Tomb Raider.’ The actress also won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Gerda Wegener in ‘The Danish Girl.’
Law is another Academy Award-nominated actor, famous for his roles as Dr. Watson in the ‘Sherlock Holmes’ film series, Albus Dumbledore in the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ film series, and Dickie Greenleaf in ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley.’ Brühl is a Spanish-German actor known for his performances in the 2022 anti-war film ‘All Quiet on the Western Front,’ the 2021 spy thriller ‘The King’s Man’ and the 2018 sci-fi horror ‘The Cloverfield Paradox.’ As per reports, ‘Normal People’ and ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ actress Daisy Edgar-Jones may also join the cast.
The survival film is produced by Howard, along with Brian Grazer and Karen Lunder under the banner of Imagine Entertainment. The company, founded by Howard and Grazer in 1985, has produced several films over the years including ‘The Beanie Bubble,’ ‘Inferno,’ ‘American Gangster,’ ‘Apollo 13,’ ‘In the Heart of the Sea,’ and ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas.’