The Darkest Hour, the new alien invasion film from producer Timur Bekmambetov and director Chris Gorak, is trying to differentiate itself from the scores of other alien films with a unique breed of invader: one made entirely of “lethal wave energy.”

It remains to be seen just how unique the film itself will be, but after getting a sneak peek at a trailer and some early concept art today at a Comic-Con press event, I can tell you it will at least look cool. The film centers on a group of young people — played by Emile Hirsch, Max Minghella, Olivia Thirlby and Rachael Taylor — who are visiting Moscow when the aliens attack. Together they have to figure out a way to survive and fight back against the aliens, who have no physical bodies and can vaporize them in an instant. Read More »

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With this year’s summer movie season winding down, it’s time to look forward to upcoming entertainments. Today, we’ve got new photos from this December’s The Darkest Hour and next spring’s Snow White, as well as a composite photo from the highly anticipated The Hobbit adaptation. Check ‘em out after the jump.

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Many people might have missed this at WonderCon, but the Oni Press booth had our first look at the Timur Bekmambetov-produced alien invasion movie titled The Darkest Hour. Described as a 28 Days Later-type thriller, the story follows a group of American tourists visiting Moscow Russia when an alien invasion occurs.

The film stars Emile Hirsch (Speed Racer, Into the Wild), Olivia Thirlby (Juno, The Wackness), and Max Minghella (Bee Season, How to Lose Friends & Alienate People, Agora, The Social Network). Chris Gorak directed the film, with a script by M.T. Ahern and Leslie Bohem with revisions by Gorak, Jon Spaihts, and Josh Zetumer. The film was shot last Summer in Moscow with a $40-$50 million budget. Summit Entertainment is distributing the film in the states while Fox International is handling international.

Hit the jump to see our first look at art created for the upcoming film.

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Another domino has fallen in an amusing cause and effect release date shift that began when Martin Scorsese’s Hugo Cabret moved from December to Thanksgiving. That forced Rise of the Apes, which had already moved from the summer, to move back to the summer. That then caused The Smurfs to move up into July and now Summit has pushed The Darkest Hour, their 3D alien invasion film starring Emile Hirsch and Olivia Thirlby from its original August 5 release date (originally shared with The Smurfs and Rise of the Apes) to December 23. Obviously there’s no confirmation that all of these things are related but it’s a little too intertwined to be coincidental, no? Read more after the jump. Read More »

The Darkest Hour is Summit’s 3D alien attack thriller that started shooting in Moscow earlier this summer. The film’s title came true in an unlikely manner, however, and production was shut down due to overwhelming smog from nearby forest fires.

Now the production is back on track, so Emile Hirsch and Olivia Thirlby can get back to work. That’s right — Hirsch and Thirlby, a fairly unlikely duo for a film about ” five young Americans who find themselves stranded in Moscow, fighting to survive in the wake of a devastating alien attack.” Read More »

Max Minghella Joins The Darkest Hour

Max Minghella

Max Minghella (Bee Season, How to Lose Friends & Alienate People, Agora, The Social Network) has joined the cast of the Timur Bekmambetov-produced alien invasion movie titled The Darkest Hour. 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.”

Minghella will join Olivia Thirlby (Juno, The Wackness) and Emile Hirsch (Speed Racer, Into the Wild). 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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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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