EW got their hands on the first ever still from upcoming apocalyptic sci-fi thriller Air, and the image (above) features stars Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead) and Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamon, Gladiator).
Air (formerly Wake Cycle) is directed by Christian Cantamessa, who also co-wrote the film with Chris Pasetto. The cast includes Norman Reedus, Djimon Hounsou, Sandrine Holt, David Nykl, Peter Benson and Paula Lindberg.
Robert Kirkman will produce with David Alpert, the Circle of Confusion partner that also exec produces Walking Dead. Also producing is Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, whose credits include exec producing the Insidious movies, and Chris Ferguson.
The story is set in an underground cryogenic facility after a nuclear fallout renders the atmosphere unbreathable. Air centers on its two custodial workers (Reedus, Hounsou), who take care of the cryogenically sleeping personnel that are to re-establish society, but they struggle to preserve their own sanity and lives while maintaining the extremely fragile environment of the last livable place on earth.
Speaking with EW, Reedus was able to give a bit more info on the film, which is due for release later this year:
“It’s a psychological thriller. It’s a story of two people who are pretty much the last people on the planet. They run a facility that has all the best of the best that’s being held in sleep tanks that will be re-awakened to populate the earth, and one of them thinks of their job as the scientist and the other thinks more of their job as a janitor. And the position is kind of in-between both of those. But one of them discovers that the other has a secret, he’s holding on to the secret, and that secret is that he’s trying to keep a certain person alive. And through the character I play, his past is such a dark one and the guilt of what he’s done weighs so heavy on him, that he sort of substitutes his real family for this other person in his mind, and he sort of looks at him as a brother in this way that’s a little too close for comfort. And what happens is he ends up forcing the action to take place against the other person’s will. So it becomes this thriller, this mindfuck of a movie of convincing this other guy to do something he doesn’t want to do.”
Reedus continued “It’s very isolating, very claustrophobic. Even filming in it, it’s very claustrophobic. I remember reading the script and my manager and I were going through it and I was like, ‘What do you think?,’ and she was like, ‘I love how claustrophobic it is; I hope they keep that element there,’ and after talking with Christian multiple times before I came here, that was one of the main questions I kept asking: ‘Can we keep it as claustrophobic as this?’ As dire and as end of the world as the script reads right now, we’ve kept it all. It’s a very claustrophobic feel just shooting it. There are moments in it that are… they’re terrifying, and you feel very alone and you feel very fucked over on many different levels by other people and, you know, by the world as a whole, by the people that put us there. It has these sad elements to it, but it also has these uplifting storylines as well. One half is going down the rabbit hole, and the other half is climbing back up it.”
Sound good, and hopefully there will be a trailer to share with you soon.