Serenity: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chiwetel Ejiofor, who starred in the indie feature Dirty Pretty Things, is set to appear in the Universal Pictures project Serenity, Joss Whedon's feature film version of his canceled television series "Firefly."

The concept revolves around an ensemble of characters who are galactic outcasts 500 years in the future. The film centers on a captain and the crew on his transport-for-hire spaceship, Serenity. When they pick up two passengers, they find themselves caught between a military force and cannibalistic savages.

Ejiofor is the first actor to sign on to the "Firefly" feature who did not appear in the TV series, which had a brief run on Fox in fall 2002. He will play a character known as the Operative, an assassin and tracker who speaks with eloquent sophistication. Whedon is writing and directing.

Brian B.