Now that he's wrapped up filming on Luc Besson's "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets," actor Clive Owen has set his sights on another science fiction project. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Owen, who currently stars in the Cinemax series "The Knick," has signed on to play the lead in "Anon."
The film comes from director Andrew Niccol ("Gattaca," "The Host") and is set in the future during a time when privacy has disappeared. Owen will star as a detective who runs across a woman who doesn't exist -- a hard feat to pull off in a world without anonymity. The mystery woman has yet to be cast, with THR noting that the role is expected to be filled in the next few weeks.
"Andrew is a master storyteller whose work is always compelling, entertaining, and exhilarating as well as having something to say," said Oliver Simon and Daniel Baur, who will also produce the film through K5 along with Niccol. "With Clive’s consistently electric on-screen presence, we know that Anon will be the best in crossover cinema for the growing global audiences of this brand of smart, big screen sci-fi."