Mary Elizabeth Winstead is in talks to star alongside John Goodman in Paramount and J.J. Abrams' thriller The Cellar, formerly known as Valencia.

The story centers on a young woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) who wakes up in a bizarre cellar following a horrific accident. The cellar belongs to a mysterious man (John Goodman) who tells her that the world outside is no longer safe after a deadly chemical attack has rendered the Earth uninhabitable. As tensions rise between them both, the woman must plan an escape, no matter what terrors await her on the outside.

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Matthew Stuecken and Josh Campbell wrote the original script, which was reworked by Dan Casey. Dan Trachtenberg, who made the popular short film Portal: No Escape is making his directorial debut on the project, with J.J. Abrams producing through his Bad Robot company. He was previously attached to direct Y: The Last Man last year, but it isn't known if that project is moving forward at this time. The project will be produced under Paramount's Insurge banner with a budget of around $5 million.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead will next be seen in Kill the Messenger, which arrives in theaters October 10.