We mentioned Danny Boyle's new Sci Fi movie a while back after chatting to him at Raindance East, but we now have a press release stating that principle photography on the now Untitled Sunshine Project has just begun. It also reveals some pretty interesting casting choices:
DNA Films and Fox Searchlight Pictures announced that principal photography has begun in London on THE UNTITLED SUNSHINE PROJECT. The film once again pairs helmer Danny Boyle with scribe Alex Garland, who previously teamed up for Fox Searchlight’s 2003 smash hit 28 DAYS LATER. The cast will be led by Rose Byrne (TROY), Cliff Curtis (WHALE RIDER), Chris Evans (FANTASTIC FOUR), Troy Garity (AFTER THE SUNSET), Cillian Murphy (28 DAYS LATER), Hiroyuki Sanada (THE LAST SAMURAI), Benedict Wong (DIRTY PRETTY THINGS) and Michelle Yeoh (CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON). THE UNTITLED SUNSHINE PROJECT will be produced by Andrew Macdonald through DNA Films. “DNA films are delighted to continue our relationship with Danny Boyle and Alex Garland by producing and financing their exciting science fiction film,” says producer Macdonald.
There's also a little plot leakage:
Fifty years from now, the sun is dying, and mankind is dying with it. Our last hope: a spaceship and a crew of eight men and women. They carry a device which will breathe new life into the star. But deep into their voyage, out of radio contact with Earth, their mission is starting to unravel. There is an accident, a fatal mistake, and a distress beacon from a spaceship that disappeared seven years earlier. Soon the crew is fighting not only for their lives, but their sanity.
Boyle told us he was hoping to shoot at least part of the movie in the East End so if you're in the area and see Michelle Yeoh in the local chipshop wearing a spacesuit don't forget to Flickr her.