Marvel co-stars Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson will star in the upcoming movie Project Artemis, according to a report from Deadline.
Jason Bateman, executive producer, and star of Netflix’s hit show Ozark will direct the movie from screenwriter Rose Gilroy, while Johansson will serve as a producer with Jonathan Lia and Keenan Flynn. The film will be produced under Bateman’s Aggregate Films banner.
Plot details for Project Artemis are thin at the moment, but sources close to the production claim the film will take place during the historic space race between Russia and the United States throughout the mid-20th century.
The Space Race took place over the span of twenty years the US and the Soviet Union competed in the areas of technology and exploration beyond Earth as they both sought to make their presence known in the vast reaches of space. It was during this time that NASA launched the Hubble Space Telescope and the world saw the first man land on the moon.
Apple has purchased distribution rights for Project Artemis in a $100m deal only days after it made history by becoming the first streaming service to win Best Picture with CODA, for which it previously paid $25m. It’s not an unsurprising move, as the company has been making a run at other streaming services in recent years, grabbing up films like Martin Scorsese’s upcoming Killers of the Flower Moon and the Taron Egerton-starring Tetris.
Johansson is also set to appear in Apple’s genre-bender Bride this year, while Evans can soon be heard in Pixar’s Toy Story spin-off Lightyear and seen in the Russo Brothers’ action-thriller The Gray Man.
Project Artemis won’t be Apple’s first major project to deal with the space race. Apple TV+ is currently home to the sci-fi series For All Mankind, which depicts an alternate reality wherein the space race never ended. The show has received critical acclaim and has been renewed for a third season.
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