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'Creed' Star Tessa Thompson Could Front Alex Garland's 'Ex Machina' Follow-Up

By Kristy Puchko | Industry | January 5, 2016 |

By Kristy Puchko | Industry | January 5, 2016 |

Because sometimes we can get nice things. Which is nice to know in the wake of the pre-emptive and cruel cancellation of Cassius and Clay.

Steely-eyed ingenue Tessa Thompson has been on the rise, jumping from the acclaimed indie comedy Dear White People to a supporting role in the sensational docudrama Selma. After dazzling critics, she stole the hearts of mainstream America in Creed as the hearing impaired musician who’s the Adrian 2.0 to Michael B. Jordan’s underdog boxer. She’ll soon hit the small screen in HBO’s intense new series Westworld. And—according to The Wrap—her next step could be co-starring in one of the most anticipated films of 2017, Annihilation.

Based on the Jeff VanderMeer novel of the same name, Annihilation follows a band of female scientists on a seemingly doomed mission through a post-apocalyptic landscape. But more enticing yet, it’s to be Alex Garland’s we-can’t-wait follow-up to his brilliant directorial debut Ex Machina.

As soon as it was announced, Annihilation had the likes of Natalie Portman, Julianne Moore and Tilda Swinton vying for roles. Portman has since signed on, as has Jane The Virgin star Gina Rodriguez.

Thompson is said to be fielding several juicy offers right now, but she’d have to be out of her mind to turn this one down, right? Especially as the novel Annihilation was the start of The Southern Reach Trilogy, meaning this could be the start of a female-fronted sci-fi franchise.

Annihilation is expected to shoot this spring. So, until then we’ll be holding our collective breath, hoping for SWINTON to sign on as well.

Kristy Puchko is also stoked that diversity in casting can be this effortless and exciting.

Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.

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