Emile Hirsch Joins The Darkest Hour

Emile Hirsch

Last week we reported that Olivia Thirlby (Juno, The Wackness) would be starring in the Timur Bekmambetov-produced alien invasion movie titled The Darkest Hour. Variety is now reporting that Emile Hirsch (Speed Racer, Into the Wild) has now joined the cast.

Described as a 28 Days Later-type thriller, the story follows a group of American tourists visiting Moscow Russia when an alien invasion occurs. Thirlby will play “a trust fund girl trying to survive the attack who teams up with others to try to defeat the invaders.” Hirsch will play one of the other American tourists.

Production begins in Moscow this June with a $40 million budget. Summit Entertainment is distributing the film in the states while Fox International is handling international.

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Olivia Thirlby

“What happened to Olivia Thirlby?” I asked this very question to a friend a couple weeks back, while riding the tube in London. The actress broke onto the scene with a small role in the Paul Greengrass-directed Oscar-nominated United 93, and proceeded to go on a tear, starring in some of my favorite indie films of 2007/2008: David Gordon Green’s underrated adaptation of Snow Angels, Jason Reitman’s Oscar-nominated film Juno, and Jonathan Levine’s The Wackness. She has since made appearances in a few New York City-short films, including Brett Ratner’s segment of New York, I Love You, Daryl Wein’s SXSW mumblecore romantic comedy Breaking Upwards, and John Hindman’s The Answer Man.

Many people I’ve talked to believed this now-23-year-old actress had the potential to be Hollywood’s next big thing (and I too was on the bandwagon). And not for a lack of trying, Thirlby was called in to audition for a role in George Miller’s scrapped Justice League movie and the role of Trixie in The Wachowski Brothers’ Speed Racer. But she seems to have disappeared from the indie spotlight as of late.

Good news: Thirlby has landed a role in a big budget film produced by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted/Nightwatch). The science fiction action story follows a group of American tourists visiting Moscow Russia when an alien invasion occurs.

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