Michael Peña is in early negotiations to join Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain in director Ridley Scott's The Martian.

Variety reports that talks are still in very early stages, and his involvement will depend on whether he can fit the project into his busy schedule. No details were given for the character he may portray, if a deal is finalized. We reported last week that Kate Mara (The Fantastic Four) was also offered a role, but it isn't known if the actress has accepted the offer or not.

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Matt Damon stars as an astronaut who becomes stranded on Mars, and tries to find a way to survive while figuring out how to make it back home. The story is adapted from Andy Weir's book, which he self-published as an e-book in 2012 before Crown purchased the rights and re-published the novel earlier this year.

Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) wrote the adapted screenplay, with Simon Kinberg and Aditya Sood producing alongside director Ridley Scott. We reported in June that production may begin this fall, but that has not been confirmed at this time.

Michael Peña currently stars in Frontera and he will next be seen in the World War II drama Fury, Triple Nine and The Vatican Tapes. He will also be seen on the small screen in Fox's Gracepoint, which premieres October 2.