We were delighted to learn back in March that James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Slither) and Greg McLean (Wolf Creek, Wolf Creek 2) are working together on a horror film called The Belko Experiment, which Gunn wrote and McLean will direct. On tap today is the first casting news, so read on!
The Wrap reports that “The Newsroom” star John Gallagher, Jr., is set to star in the MGM Studios thriller, which is gearing up to start production in Bogota, Colombia. The young actor will play Mike Pelk, one of the leads.
Gunn has described the film as the story of an American company in South America that is “mysteriously sealed off at the beginning of a workday, and its employees are ordered to kill each other or be killed themselves. This starts an escalation of violence, where we discover the true nature of each and every [Belko] employee.”
“I cannot tell you how passionate and excited I am about this project!” Gunn recently noted. “It’s a script I wrote a few years ago, for which I have always had a deep love. Believe it or not, it’s a film that first came to me in a dream, and I woke up and wrote the first draft in a two-week fugue state binge.”
James Gunn will also produce, alongside Peter Safran.