The upcoming film adaptation of Phillip Reeve’s “Mortal Engines” from Universal and MRC has found it’s female lead in Hera Hilmar. While this is Hera Hilmar’s first big studio production, she has already cut her teeth in the acting world. Hillman most recently wrapped production on “The Ottoman Lieutenant” opposite Josh Harnett and “An Ordinary Man” opposite Ben Kingsley. She previously appeared in the Starz! series “Da Vinci’s Demons” as Vanessa.
“Mortal Engines” is set a thousand years in the future, where after the event of an apocalyptic “Six-Minute War” big cities now travel the globe on wheels devouring opposing cities for depleting resources. During a chance encounter with the mysterious Hester Shaw [Hilmar], Tom Natsworthy’s life forever changes, and their adventure begins.
Peter Jackson has been attached to the award-winning Scholastic series since 2001, and is set to write and produce the adaptation. Zane Weiner (“The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies), Amanda Walker )”The Hobbit”) and Deborah Forte (“The Golden Compass”) are serving as producers, along with Fran Walsh and Jackson. Ken Kamins (“District 9”) will executive produce, with Phillipa Boyens co-producing. Christian Rivers is set to direct the film, which is scheduled to begin production in New Zealand this spring.
Currently slated to kick off the adaptation of the entire series of books, “Mortal Engines” will potentially be followed by “Predator’s Gold,” “Infernal Devices” and “A Darkling Plain.” The film is scheduled for theatrical release on December 14, 2018.
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