Ex-Undercovers Star Signs on to Odd Thomas
And the cast of Stephen Sommers' Odd Thomas adaptation continues to grow with the addition of former "Undercovers" star Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Viola, a waitress who raises two young girls after their junkie mother dies.
The news came from Variety, who also recently reported on Patton Oswalt's signing on to the project. Mbatha-Raw and Oswalt join Anton Yelchin and Addison Timlin in Sommers' adaptation of Dean Koontz's bestselling novel. The film, which is sporting a budget in the $20 to $30 million range, is due to shoot in New Mexico later this spring and summer.
Yelchin's Odd is a short-order cook who can commune with the dead, a secret only his girlfriend (Timlin), who's also Viola's best friend, and the local police chief know. The young man can also spot malevolent forces called bodachs, who feed on pain and portend imminent death. When Odd sees them in spades surrounding a stranger, he finds himself in a race against time to avert a catastrophe. Oswalt will play Oswald "Ozzie" P. Boone, an eccentric artist who designs sculptures, including a steel pendant that the titular clairvoyant hero wears around his neck.
For more on the Koontz-penned series, check out the official Odd Thomas website!
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