SXSW Announces ‘Life’ With Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds as Closing Night Film


South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festivals announced the World Premiere of “Life,” directed by Daniel Espinosa, as its Closing Night Film on March 18.

Columbia Pictures and Skydance’s “Life” is a terrifying sci-fi thriller about a team of scientists aboard the International Space Station whose mission of discovery turns to one of primal fear when they find a rapidly evolving life form that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth.

In a statement, Director of Film for SXSW Janet Pierson said, “We are thrilled to close out the 2017 SXSW Film Festival with such a special film as ‘Life.’ Our audiences will love this taut space thriller’s twists and turns as well as its amazing cast.”

“I’m so honored that ‘Life’ has been chosen as the closing film at South by Southwest,” added Daniel Espinosa. “The people that flock to Austin each year are some of the most engaged and passionate fans of film out there and are the perfect audience to introduce our visceral sci-fi thriller. I hope that, with ‘Life,’ we find new ways to entertain them, terrify them, and thrill them.”

“Life” features an ensemble cast of Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ariyon Bakare and Olga Dihovichnaya. The film is directed by Daniel Espinosa and written by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick. Producers include David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn. Columbia Pictures and Skydance will release the film on March 24.

SXSW also announced several titles set to screen at the 2017 event, including “Atomic Blonde” by David Leitch. The film features an ensemble cast including Charlize Theron, James McAvoy and John Goodman.

Another addition includes a celebratory 10th Anniversary screening of Gary Hustwit’s “Helvetica.”

The festival previously announced Terrence Malick’s “Song to Song” will also open the festival. The film stars Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman.

The SXSW Conference and Festivals run from March 10-19 in Austin.

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