Academy Award winner Halle Berry has closed a deal to star in the female lead role for director/screenwriter/producer Roland Emmerich’s Moonfall. Lionsgate acquired North American rights to the sci-fi epic late last year.
In Roland Emmerich’s Moonfall, a mysterious force knocks the Moon from its orbit around Earth and sends it hurtling on a collision course with life as we know it. With mere weeks before impact, and against all odds, a ragtag team launches an impossible last-ditch mission into space, leaving behind everyone they love and risking everything to land on the lunar surface and save our planet from annihilation.
Berry will play a NASA astronaut-turned-administrator whose previous space mission holds a clue about an impending catastrophe. She will be joined in the cast by Josh Gad.
Directed by Emmerich, Moonfall begins production this fall in Montreal with a script written by Emmerich, his 2012 co-writer Harald Kloser, and Spenser Cohen. Emmerich is producing the independent feature film under his Centropolis Entertainment banner with Kloser producing through his company, Street Entertainment.
The film’s executive producers are Dennis Wang, James Wang, J.P. Pettinato, Marco Shepherd, Ute Emmerich, Carsten Lorenz, and Stuart Ford.
Like last year’s #1 box office hit Midway, Emmerich and Centropolis are independently producing and financing Moonfall, overseeing all aspects of production, financing, delivery, and distribution and marketing in collaboration with Lionsgate, AGC International, and the film’s distribution partners around the world.
After a high-profile sales launch at Cannes 2019, Centropolis, AGC, and CAA sold out Moonfall worldwide. In addition to Lionsgate for North America, key international distribution partners include Huayi Brothers in China, Entertainment Film Distributors in the UK, Leonine in Germany and Switzerland, Metropolitan in France, Sun in Latin America and Spain, IIF in Italy, Roadshow in Australia, Kino Film in Japan, Noori Pictures in South Korea, Central Partnership in Russia, and DFW in Benelux.
Moonfall is slated to be released theatrically by Lionsgate in North America in 2021.
Halle Belly recently wrapped her directorial debut, Bruised, in which she also stars as a female MMA fighter. She earned an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Monster’s Ball. Her recent work includes John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, which was a box office smash.
Last year, Roland Emmerich received the Honorary Award for career achievement from the Bavarian Film Awards, the most highly regarded accolades for filmmaking in his home country of Germany. In January, the Visual Effects Society (VES) bestowed its Visionary Award to him at its annual gala. Since Centropolis’ inception in 1985, its 30 films — including Independence Day, Stargate, Godzilla, The Patriot, The Day After Tomorrow, 2012, White House Down, and Midway — have grossed more than $4 billion worldwide.