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Paul Mescal and Saoirse Ronan are starring as a married couple in a new sci-fi thriller and it’s being filmed in Australia

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You know you're in for a blockbuster of a film when the likes of Paul Mescal, Saoirse Ronan, and LaKeith Stanfield are joining forces. And while this formidable trio might seem like an unrealistic dream only feasible in a faraway land; we're here to tell you that we will actually get to see this moment play out on the big screen. Yes, Mescal, Ronan and Stanfield are putting on their sci-fi boots to star in the forthcoming thriller, Foe.

Based on author Iain Reid's 2018 best-selling novel of the same name, Australian film director and the man behind Lion, Garth Davis, will take the lead on this exciting adaptation. Foe is set in the near future during a time where the Earth is on the brink of destruction, and follows the story Junior (played by Paul Mescal) and Hen (Saoirse Ronan); a young married couple living on a remote farm. One night, their life of solitary is disrupted when a stranger named Terrance (LaKeith Stanfield) knocks on their door.

The reason for this stranger's unannounced visit? Junior has been selected to travel to an experimental space station orbiting Earth; and during his two-year absence, Hen will be accompanied by a biomechanical duplicate of her husband.

Speaking of his decision to take on the project, Davis shared with Deadline; “I read Foe and could not put it down. It’s incredibly suspenseful, very moving and dealt with sci-fi in a most grounded way that spoke to where we are heading as a society, with a lot of the questions we all have, explored in a profound way."

"And the love story just broke my heart, this story of self-determination, fighting for the things that are most precious in our lives, and reminding audiences that this time we have here is precious and the way we treat each other is the way we need to be treating the planet."

With the pandemic still rife in other parts of the world, particularly America, it's become fairly common to see many of the industry's leading productions taking up shop here in Aus. From the Marvel series, to Baz Luhrmann's highly-anticipated rendition of Elvis and of course, Mescal's earlier stint this year for Carmen. It only seems right then, that Mescal, Ronan and Stanfield make the trip down under for Foe; which has been confirmed to start filming this coming January.

Davis has already mentioned that Foe will include a tech element, similar to the incorporation of Google Earth that worked so seamlessly in Lion. As for how exactly that will play out, we'll have to wait a longer for more details.

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