Dominic Monaghan and Freddy Rodriguez have signed on to star in the horror thriller Fortuna, with Barthelemy Grossmann directing from a script he wrote.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the story is set in 2100, and envisions an Earth where a collapsed economy and climate crises have eliminated the middle class, leaving a few very wealthy and the teeming masses in severe poverty. To give hope and avoid revolt, the elite create Fortuna, a mysterious game where one in a thousand wins a big payday and joins the upper classes. But their hidden goal to "reduce poverty" by 30% over 50 years comes with a deadly price tag.
Monaghan, Rodriguez and Grossmann will play desperate men who play the game in a nearby tower, despite apprehensions that none of its contestants are ever seen again.
The six-week shoot begins Nov. 10 in Sofia, Bulgaria. Desolate, ghettolike sets are being built reminiscent to 1973's postapocalyptic thriller Soylent Green.