Kate Mara has signed on to star in the sci-fi thriller Morgan, which will mark the feature directorial debut of Ridley Scott's son, Luke Scott. Anya Taylor-Joy, who had a breakout performance in the Sundance thriller The Witch, is in final negotiations to co-star alongside Kate Mara. Ridley Scott will produce, with Seth Owens writing the screenplay, which landed on The Black List as one of the top unproduced screenplays in 2014.
The story centers on a risk management consultant who is brought in to a remote research lab to determine whether or not an "at-risk artificial being" should be terminated or not. No details were given for Kate Mara or Anya Taylor-Joy's characters at this time. Luke Scott has directed two short films and served as a second unit director for his father Ridley Scott on last year's Exodus: Gods and Kings. Luke Scott is actually the third of Ridley's children to step behidn the camera. His daughter Jordan Scott directed the 2009 drama Cracks, and his son Jake Scott directed Welcome to the Rileys.
Ridley Scott will produce with his Scott Free Productions partners Michael Schaefer and Elishia Holmes, the latter of which developed the script at Scott Free with both Seth Owens and Luke Scott, before setting it up at 20th Century Fox. Kate Mara will next be seen in two upcoming 20th Century Fox movies, the superhero reboot Fantastic Four (August 7, 2015) and The Martian (November 7, 2015), which Ridley Scott directed.