Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt are in early talks to star in Passengers. The project has been in development for several years, with The Weinstein Company and Focus Features each taking a crack at the story, before it was picked up by Sony this past December. Keanu Reeves was attached to the movie for several years, although it seems he is no longer involved. Reese Witherspoon and Rachel McAdams were attached as the female lead at different points during the development process, with that role now going to Jennifer Lawrence. The Wrap reports that Jennifer Lawrence's deal may not go through, though, due to her busy schedule.
The story centers on a man (Chris Pratt) who is one of over 5,000 passengers on a century-long journey to a distant new planet. When the man's cryogenic sleep pod fails, with 90 years left to go on this trip, he faces the prospect of dying alone as the only person awake on this ship. He decides to wake up a female journalist (Jennifer Lawrence), as they both begin to realize they need to save everyone else on board.
Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) signed on to direct last week, from a screenplay by Jon Spaihts (Doctor Strange, Prometheus). Neal H. Moritz and Ori Marmur are producing through their Original Film company, along with Start Media's Michael Maher and Company Films' Stephen Hamel. No production schedule was given.
After Jennifer Lawrence's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 hits theaters this November, she will next be seen in Joy, opening on Christmas Day. Chris Pratt is coming off his role as Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy, and he will next be seen in the summer blockbuster Jurassic World, in theaters this June.