John Goodman is in talks to star in the Paramount Insurge and Bad Robot thriller Valencia, which J.J. Abrams is producing.

We first reported on the project back in April, when Dan Trachtenberg signed on to make his directorial debut. The story centers on a teenage girl who wakes up in a creepy underground cellar, where she is told by her eerie caretaker (John Goodman) that a nuclear attack has killed off all life on the surface.

Daniel Casey rewrote the script from the original draft by Josh Campbell and Matthew Stuecken. Paramount Insurge is eyeing a $5 million budget for the thriller, although no production schedule was given.

John Goodman most recently voiced one of the robots in disguise in Paramount's Transformers: Age of Extinction, and he also recently starred in The Monuments Men. He will next be seen in The Gambler.

Although Valencia will mark Dan Trachtenberg's directing debut, he was attached to a number of projects after his fan film Portal: No Escape, based on the Portal video game, became an internet sensation. He was once attached to the comic book adaptation Y: The Last Man, although it never got off the ground.