Halle Berry will take on the female lead role in Moonfall, the latest science fiction disaster film from Roland Emmerich.
Acquired by Lionsgate last year, the film Moonfall features a plot that is literally out of this world: For some strange reason, the Moon is in danger of falling into Earth, and it’s up to the world’s finest and brightest to stop that from happening.
Director Emmerich is co-writing the script, along with Harald Kloser (White House Down) and Spenser Cohen (Extinction).
Emmerich is also producing for Centropolis Entertainment, while Kloser is doing the same for Street Entertainment. The executive producers are Ute Emmerich, Stuart Ford, Carsten Lorenz, J.P. Pettinato, Marco Shepherd, Dennis Wang, and James Wang.
Moonfall: four years in development
Emmerich actually had started developing the story for Moonfall back in 2016, right after making the drama Stonewall.
At that time, the Independence Day director had pitched the idea to Universal, but the project never materialized in the immediate years after.
In 2019, however, Lionsgate acquired the rights to the story from Universal and has now scheduled the production to commence in Montreal this fall.
When it comes to disaster epics, Roland Emmerich’s portfolio is pretty stacked, with past hits that include Independence Day (1996), Godzilla (1998), The Day After Tomorrow (2004), 2012 (2009), and Independence Day: Resurgence (2016).
This time around, the German director gets another fresh chance to blow up landmarks, while having a new cast of talented actors at his disposal.
Speaking of the cast, Halle Berry is now the newest partner-in-crime for Emmerich, who in the past has worked with plenty of A-list names, including Will Smith, Matthew Broderick, Jake Gyllenhaal, and John Cusack.
Berry is no slouch herself, having carved up a reputation for combining dramatic roles (Monster’s Ball) with genre fare (the X-Men films, Cloud Atlas) and even action films (John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, Die Another Day, Kingsman: The Golden Circle).
Race against time
In the upcoming Moonfall, Halle Berry will play the role of a former astronaut who is now a NASA administrator.
The Oscar-winning actress will have to join forces with Josh Gad, who plays the scientist who first learns that there’s something wrong with the Moon.
Apparently, something has knocked the Moon off its orbit, and is now on a collision course to our planet in a few weeks’ time, hence the title.
So what’s that got to do with Berry’s NASA administrator? Well, it turns out that the former astronaut once went on a space mission in the past that is super related to the Moon falling in the present.
Left with no other choice, she has to go on another space mission this time in order to literally save the world.
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