According to Variety, in her first role since her Hotel Rwanda Oscar nom, Sophie Okonedo is launching into New Line's The Martian Child along with Oliver Platt and moppet Bobby Coleman.

Okonedo will play a social worker who persuades a widowed writer, played by John Cusack, to adopt a young boy who believes he is a Martian.

She'll next appear in Par's Aeon Flux opposite Charlize Theron, but hasn't accepted a job since her Oscar nom.

Platt plays Cusack's suffering agent, who is frustrated as his client's attention turns away from his writing and toward his strange new adopted son.

The pic is set to begin shooting Monday. Menno Meyjes is directing from a script by Jonathan Tollins and Seth Bass, based on a short story by sci-fi writer David Gerrold.