MARK O’BRIEN in Montreal for “Story of Your Life”

Posted: June 19th

Production is underway on NL born actor Mark O'Brien's latest film and this time it's a BIG budget Sci-Fi thriller with a BIG time roster of award winning talent.

STORY OF YOUR LIFE stars Golden Globe Winner (BIG EYES), 5 time Oscar Nominated actress Amy Adams (most recently for AMERCIAN HUSTLE) and Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker (THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND).

Amy Adams (American Hustle) Forrest Whitaker twitter pic both to star in STORY OF YOUR LIFE

BAFTA and Oscar nominated Quebec born director Denis Villeneuve (INCENDIES) helms the project based on the short story by acclaimed science fiction writer Ted Chiang, Eric Heisserer (HOURS) penned the screenplay.

The buzz around STORY OF YOUR LIFE began at Cannes back in 2014 when Paramount Pictures won the bidding war for the project - paying $20 million for the U.S., Canadian and China distribution rights (see official studio press release at the bottom of this post).

Jeremy Renner Tweet June 17, 2015 STORY OF YOUR LIFEOscar nominated actor Jeremy Renner (THE HURT LOCKER) also stars and tweeted out this shot upon arriving for the production in Montreal.

O'Brien will play Captain Marks in the film that takes place "after alien crafts land around the world following which an expert linguist Dr.Louise Banks (Adams) is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat. As she learns to communicate with the aliens, she begins experiencing vivid flashbacks that become the key to unlocking the greater mystery about the true purpose of their visit." (source IMDb)

We'll keep you posted on this film as production continues through to its release in 2016.  In the meantime be sure to tune in for Mark's turn as Tom Rendon in AMC's HALT AND CATCH FIRE - he sure is making waves on this second season.

Mark O'Brien as Tom Rendon and Mackenzie Davis as Cameron Howe - Halt and Catch Fire _ Season 2, Episode 3 - Photo Credit: Richard DuCree/AMC

Mark O'Brien as Tom Rendon and Mackenzie Davis as Cameron Howe - Halt and Catch Fire _ Season 2, Episode 3 - Photo Credit: Richard DuCree/AMC

 You'll find plenty more of our features and interviews with Mark O'Brien by clicking here.

And be sure to follow him on Twitter @markobrienNL

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Here's the Paramount Pictures' release regarding STORY OF YOUR LIFE

HOLLYWOOD, CA – May 14, 2014 – Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, Inc., announced today it has acquired U.S., Canadian and China distribution rights to the feature film STORY OF YOUR LIFE from director Denis Villeneuve and starring Academy Award®-nominee Amy Adams.

FilmNation Entertainment, in partnership with Lava Bear Films, is financing, producing and handling additional worldwide sales for the project. 21 Laps’ Shawn Levy and Dan Levine are producing with FilmNation and Lava Bear Films. FilmNation will handle international sales of the film and is making it available to buyers at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, beginning today. The studio is expected to release the film in 2016.

Villeneuve directs the sci-fi thriller from a new draft of a script by Eric Heisserer, who will also executive produce. From the award-winning short story by Ted Chiang, one of today’s most celebrated science fiction writers, the film is centered on the landing of alien crafts around the world, and the expert linguist (Adams), who is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat.

“Denis is an enormously talented filmmaker, with an innate ability to make very broad and entertaining films that are also deeply personal and character driven. And Amy is someone we have long admired, from our earlier experience together on THE FIGHTER and seeing therange of rolls she’s tackled since, we are just thrilled to be working with her again,” said Adam Goodman, President of Paramount’s Film Group. “This is an exciting project and seeing the incredible talent that was drawn to it, and knowing we would be getting the chance to partner again with Glen and his team at FilmNation, along with Shawn and David, it became a priority for us to get involved.”

In a joint statement, Lava Bear’s David Linde and FilmNation’s Glen Basner said, “Paramount’s appreciation for everything about this project was immediately impressive and we are thrilled to have found our domestic home with them.”

“There is something so special about this project that attracted such rare talents as Amy Adams and Denis Villeneuve. Together, we see a film that is as conceptually complex as it is emotionally resonant and wecouldn’t be happier that Paramount shares our passion for it,” said 21 Laps producers Levy and Levine.

Villeneuve most recently directed PRISONERS starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal as well as INCENDIES which was nominated for an AcademyAward® for Best Foreign Language Film in 2011.

Adams most recently starred in the Academy Award®-nominated films AMERICAN HUSTLE and HER, and will next been seen in BIG EYES.

FilmNation’s Aaron Ryder and Karen Lunder will oversee production along with Tory Metzger on behalf of Lava Bear Films, and Levine and Dan Cohen at 21 Laps. Paramount Pictures’ acquisition executive Eben Davidson brought the project into the studio.

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