Sharlto Copley And Michael Nyquist Set To Star In Sci-Fi Tale 'Europa'

Be prepared to hear about quite a few new projects over the next week as producers shop films at TIFF, which begins today. One of the first we've heard about was Rust and Bone, with Marion Cotillard under the direction of A Prophet helmer Jacques Audiard.

The second big possible TIFF sale is a sci-fi project called Europa, which will star District 9's Sharlto Copely and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo's Michael Nyquist in a story about a mission to Jupiter's fourth moon.

Deadline reports on the film, which was scripted by Philip Gelatt, and follows "a six-person team of astronauts from various international space stations who are sent by a private sector corporation to be the first manned mission to Jupiter's fourth moon."

Ecuadorian director Sebastian Cordero will be directing, and Pan's Labyrinth production designer Eugenio Caballero is handing that duty on the film. Ideally, if funding comes together, Europa will shoot in New York this fall.

(And this is no relation to either Agnieszka Holland's Europa Europa from 1990 or Lars von Trier's Europa from 1991, released as Zentropa in the US so as not to be confused with Holland's film. Now, why would anyone be confused?)

Europa image in header via NASA.