David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw Sign On for ‘God Particle’


David Oyelowo and Gugu Mbatha-Raw have signed on for Paramount and Bad Robot’s upcoming film, “God Particle.”

The two will portray the leads in a film that is set to be directed by Julius Onah (“The Girl is in Trouble”). According to TheWrap, “God Particle” will follow an American space station crew who believe they have destroyed Earth through the use of a Hadron accelerator, and thus allow a crew of hostile nations to come aboard their spacecraft, with disastrous repercussions.

Star Trek Beyond” writer Doug Jung is on board to rewrite the original screenplay written by Oren Uziel. J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk will produce for Bad Robot.

Mbatha-Raw, who most recently appeared in “Concussion” with Will Smith, has several big projects in the works. She will appear in the legal thriller “The Whole Truth” alongside Renée Zellweger and Keanu Reeves, as well as the gun control drama “Miss Sloane” with Jessica Chastain and “Free State of Jones” with Matthew McConaughey. She is also starring in the live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast” as Plumette (Emma Watson, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Kline, Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Josh Gad, Ian McKellen,  and Luke Evans also star).

Oyelowo, who impressed with his portrayal of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in “Selma,” will soon be seen in “Queen of Katwe” with Lupita Nyong’o, as well as Amma Asante’s “A United Kingdom” with Rosamund Pike. He also has Nash Edgerton’s top-secret project “American Express” with Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried and Joel Edgerton coming down the pipeline.

“God Particle” is slated to hit theaters Feb. 24, 2017. Variety was the first to report the casting news.