The first two cast members for Super 8, director J.J. Abrams' highly secretive sci-fi ode to all-things Steven Spielberg, have finally been announced, though their roles are being closely guarded at this time. According to New York's Vulture, both Elle Fanning, younger sister of Dakota Fanning, and Kyle Chandler, fresh off his six season run on NBC's popular Friday Night Lights, have joined this upcoming project.

Not much is known about the movie, except that it revolves around three siblings who discover they've captured an alien being in a reel of Super 8 film that they've shot. We /jj-abrams-super-8-auditions-being-held-by-paramount/reported in August that Paramount Pictures was holding auditions for the film, and that they were looking for: "A female 13-14. A natural beauty - she is stunning, but not the 'cheerleader' type. Strong and confident, but has an underlying sadness. Should have a Midwestern feel."

At the time, Paramount made it clear that they were seeking an unknown actress for the role. It is speculated that Elle Fanning, who has quite an extensive resume in both film and television, will be playing either the sister or best friend of this aforementioned character. As for Kyle Chandler, he could be playing anyone from the siblings' father to a US military official looking into the disappearance of this alien creature.

You can expect more casting announcements for Super 8 in the weeks to come.

B. Alan Orange