It’s Nighttime for Gael García Bernal…
The 41-year-old Mexican Golden Globe-winning actor/producer will join the cast of M. Night Shyamalan‘s new film from Universal.
Eliza Scanlen, Thomasin McKenzie, Aaron Pierre, Alex Wolff, Vicky Krieps, Abbey Lee, Nikki Amuka-Bird and Ken Leung are already on board to star in the top-secret project.
Shyamalan will write, produce and direct the untitled film.
Like most of his movies, plot details are shrouded in secrecy and can become interconnected to his other films.
Universal recently dated Shaymalan’s movie for July 23, 2021 after earlier taking it off the release calendar due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
While it’s unclear when production will begin given current stay-at-home measures, the hope is to begin rolling cameras by the fall as more safety precautions are put in place.
Shyamalan independently financed Glass, Split and The Visit with a combined production budget of $35 million. Those films went on to cumulatively gross more than $600 million worldwide.
He’ll similarly finance his next two films.
The new film marks one of Shyamalan’s biggest ensembles in some time as his films are usually built oaround two or three main characters driving the film with a smaller supporting cast.
For García Bernal, this marks a rare venture into the tentpole territory after appearing mainly in prestige films like Jon Stewart’s Rosewater and Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Babel,or helping build a slate of films for his production company La Corriente del Golf, which he runs with Diego Luna. He most recently directed Chicuarotes for the banner.
He also recently appeared in the Netflix drama The Wasp Network.