Casting is underway for Claire Denis’ anticipated sci-fi which was announced in June. The formerly untitled project seems to have received a working name of High Life. 

It was announced today that Oscar-winner Patricia Arquette has joined Robert Pattinson and Mia Goth. The project is written by UK novelist Zadie Smith and Nick Laird. The story is based on an original idea by Denis and her regular writing partner Jean-Pol Fargeau, and is due to go into production early next year.

For now, the plot seems to follow a group of skilled criminals who, in a bid to escape their long sentences or capital punishment, accept a likely-fatal government space mission to find alternative energy sources.

The film will be produced by Oliver Dungey (Miss Julie), Laurence Clerc and Olivier Thery Lapiney from Paris-based Alcatraz Films, and Claudia Steffen and Christoph Friedel of Pandora Filmproduktion in Cologne.

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