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Jennifer Connely and Keanu Reeves have been tapped for the lead roles in the upcoming 20th Century Fox’s remake of “The Day the Earth Stood Still”. The star of “Labyrinth” is set to portray Helen Benson, the role played by Patricia Neal in the original 1951 film while Reeves plays Klaatu, the humanoid alien who arrives on earth with a message of peace.
Another Oscar winner, Kathy Bates, is reportedly in negotiation to join the cast. If ever the talks go through, she will play the owner of the guesthouse in which Klaatu hides, a perfect fit for the talented actress.
Scott Derrickson (“The Exorcism of Emily Rose”) will direct this movie, set to start filming in December for the Vancouver-based production. The screenplay for this remake of the science fiction classic was written by author Ryne Douglas Pearson.
Jennifer is currently filming a comedy (“He’s Not that into You”) along with ensemble cast Drew Barrymore, Scarlet Johansson, Jennifer Aniston, Ben Affleck, Kevin Connolly and Ginnifer Goodwin. Keanu has just finished shooting crime drama “The Night Watchman” alongside Best Actor Forest Whitaker, Chris Evans and House star, Hugh Laurie.
This upcoming team-up between Connelly and Reeves is definitely something to look forward to. Keanu is no rookie in science fiction films, having starred in the “Matrix” trilogy as well as “Johnny Mnemonic”. Jennifer also has a stellar list of movies under her belt, ensuring good performances for this movie.