Toni Collette and Anna Kendrick Cast in Outer Space Thriller ‘Stowaway’


Though it’s uncertain whether the Academy will recognize Toni Collette’s outstanding turn in Ari Aster’s horror stunner “Hereditary,” the actress is ready to delve into genre once again. Colette has been cast in the upcoming sci-fi thriller “Stowaway,” where she will star alongside Anna Kendrick.

The project is the sophomore effort from filmmaking duo Joe Penna and Ryan Morrison, whose. Penna, a Brazilian director, premiered his debut feature “Arctic” at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, which was also co-written with Morrison. Their survival drama starred Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen and opens stateside this month.

For their new venture, the storytellers are headed to outer space where Colette and Kendrick will be faced with a dangerous and exhilarating story. The plot will center on a spaceship traveling to Mars and whose mission is put at risk by an uninvited guest. Facing less than favorable circumstances, two highly skilled women, a medical researcher (Kendrick) and a commander (Collette) face-off as they try to survive.

Both actresses had an accomplished year in 2018 with Collette starring in “Hearts Beat Loud” and the series “Wanderlust,” aside from Aster’s critically acclaimed debut. On the other hand, Kendrick had fun in Paul Feig’s tonally peculiar “A Simple Favor,” opposite Blake Lively.”Stowaway” is currently in pre-production.

As of now, no other cast members have been announced. It appears that both Penna and Morrison have an affinity for narratives in inhospitable spaces and with a minimal amount of characters. “Arctic” only features Mikkelsen and another actor in a small part.

Are you excited to see Toni Collette and Anna Kendrick in this sci-fi thriller? Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Joe Penna debut feature “Arctic” opens theatrically on February 1st. 

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Originally from Mexico City, Carlos Aguilar was chosen as one of 6 young film critics to partake in the first Roger Ebert Fellowship organized by, the Sundance Institute and Indiewire in 2014. Aguilar’s work has appeared in prestigious publications such as The Wrap, Indiewire, Vulture,, MovieMaker Magazine, Remezcla Filmmaker Magazine, Variety Latino, Slate, Bustle, Americas Quarterly, among others. Besides his work in journalism, Aguilar regularly works as a screener for the Sundance Film Festival and a screenplay reader for Sundance’s Screenwriters Lab. Carlos Aguilar has also been on the jury at renowned festivals such the Palm Springs International Film Festival, the Gasparilla International Film Festival, the Louisiana International Film Festival, and the Los Angeles Indian Film Festival. Aguilar currently co-hosts, One Week Only, a weekly podcast highlighting independent and international cinema. He also regularly participates in panel discussions about the importance of people of color in film criticism and his experience as a DACA recipient working in the film industry.