Dark Matter: According to Variety, Meryl Streep and Chinese actor Liu Ye will star in the drama Dark Matter, with production slated to begin this fall in Utah.

Chinese opera director Chen Shi-zheng will make his feature-directing bow with the film, which draws from the true story of a disgruntled physics student from China who shot and killed six people on the U. of Iowa campus in 1991.

In Dark Matter, a Chinese science prodigy is studying the origins of the universe. He dreams of winning the Nobel Prize, but those aspirations are thwarted by campus politics.

Billy Shebar wrote the script, based on a story he wrote with Chen.

Streep will portray a wealthy university donor who befriends the student.