Lopez-Gallego to Direct the Horror Film “Sanctuary”

Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego has found his sanctuary

The 40-year-old Spanish filmmaker is set to direct the horror thriller Sanctuary.

Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego

Produced by Atlas Independent and written by Ryne Douglas Pearson,  the horror pic follows three documentarians who travel to South America to investigate a town that mysteriously disappears from the map.

The trio is led to the ultimate enigma: an immense concrete structure located in the middle of the missing town, with no entrances or exits. H

This is the latest tie-up between Atlas Independent and Lopez-Gallego, who is best known for helming the 2011 sci-fi thriller and horror film Apollo 18.

Lopez-Gallego worked with Atlas on the 2012 horror suspense film Open Grave starring Sharlto Copley and The Man On Carrion Road, which was announced at last year’s Cannes Film Festival and begins production in April.

Cantillo to Star in “Chappie”

Following a come to Elysium moment, Jose Pablo Cantillo is heading back to the dark side…

The 34-year-old Costa Rican-American actor has joined the cast of Neill Blomkamp‘s next feature film, Chappie.

Jose Pablo Cantillo

The film follows a robot with artificial intelligence who is kidnapped by gangsters planning on using him for evil. 

Cantillo, best known for portraying Hector Salazar on FX‘s Sons of Anarchy and Ceasar Martinez on AMC’s The Walking Dead, will play a gangster named Yankie who hopes to use the robot for his own gain.

During the third season of The Walking Dead, Cantillo portrayed one of the Governor’s (David Morrissey) loyal henchmen.

He also appeared in Blomkamp’s most recent film, Elysium, starring Matt Damon. He portrayed a resident of Earth who operates on Damon’s character and then helps him kidnap a member of Elysium so they can hijack their way to the exclusive space station.

Cantillo will next appear in the indie film Solace opposite Anthony Hopkins and Colin Farrell.

Chappie, which will also star Sharlto Copley as the voice of the robot, is scheduled to be release on March 27, 2015.

Extended Trailer Released for Luna & Matt Damon’s “Elysium”

Diego Luna is preparing to have a sci-fi summer…

The 33-year-old Mexican actor forms part of the cast of the Matt Damon-starrer Elysium, which recently saw its extended trailer released.

Diego Luna in Elysium

The sci-fi film is set in the year 2154, during a time when a new caste system is in place. Earth is populated by the have-nots, while the privileged live in a veritable utopia aboard a massive spaceship.

Earth-bound ne’er-do-well Max Da Costa (Damon) gets some souped-up surgery and invades the ship monitored by Secretary of Defense Delacourt (Jodie Foster). Much battling ensues.

Elysium is the second feature from writer-director Neill Blomkamp, who earned an Adapted Screenplay Oscar nomination for his 2009 debut District 9.

Along with Luna, Damon and Foster, Elysium stars Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Wagner Moura and Faran Tahir.

Sony Pictures will release the film on August 9.

Cordero’s “Europa Report” to be Released This Summer

Sebastián Cordero’s English-language debut Europa Report will debut online and in theaters this summer.

Sebastian Cordero

Magnet Releasing, which picked up the found-footage-thriller in February, has announced plans to release the 40-year-old Ecuadorian director’s film on video-on-demand on June 27 and in theaters on August 2.

Cordero’s English-language debut follows the crew of a spaceship exploring alien life on Jupiter’s fourth moon.

Europa Report

District 9’s Sharlto Copley leads the international cast that includes Michael Nyqvist, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Christian Camargo, Karolina Wydra, Anamaria Marinca and Daniel Wu.