After making a Sundance splash with his awards winner Like Crazy, Drake Doremus followed it up at this year’s festival with Breathe In, a romantic drama which brought together Felicity Jones, Guy Pearce and Amy Ryan. While we were a bit lukewarm on it (full review), the film will likely hit U.S. theaters next year and today already brings casting news for his next project, a sci-fi love story.

Scripted by Nathan Parker (Moon), we first got a glimpse of Equals during an interview this summer when Doremus said he wants to “maintain the elements of the intimacy while doing something bigger and different.” Deadline now have an update on who will be getting intimate, as Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies, Jack the Giant Slayer) are in talks to lead the project.

Unfortunately there’s not a great amount of additional details, but Doremus has said there will be special effects involved and added, “I’m really excited to explore a whole new thing while bringing my own passions to it and that’s what’s exciting about collaborating with someone who’s doing something totally different to you as together you can create something very original and unique by bringing different elements to the table.” Check back for more information as it come in for what’s looking to be a major step-up in scope for the director.

Production begins in early 2014 for a likely 2015 release.

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