Following the news that Anne Hathaway will be starring opposite Chris Hemsworth in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Robopocalypse, comes word that Cloud Atlas star Ben Whishaw is now being courted for a role in the film. The British actor, who also has a role in the upcoming James Bond film Skyfall, would play a hacker named Lurker.
Variety reports that no deal has been made, but the offer is on the table for Whishaw to take. Barring any scheduling conflicts, it would be hard for Whisaw to pass on a project with Spielberg at the helm. The director is expected to begin production later this year after he finishes his press rounds for Lincoln. Former 20th Century Fox chairman and CEO Tom Rothman will produce the film and Drew Goddard will write the screenplay adaptation.
Robopocalypse takes place where humanity is put on the defensive after an artificial intelligence known as Archos becomes sentient and gains control of robots and other technological devices that we humans depend on.