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‘Priest’ Director Scott Stewart Recruits Keri Russell for Alien Horror Film ‘Dark Skies’

Written by on July 9, 2012 

Moving away from those bizarre meldings of religious and monstrous iconographies, director Scott Stewart (Priest, Legion) is making a big leap by focusing on… extraterrestrial life. (Well, maybe there won’t be any Christianity in it.) According to STYD, he’s just landed Keri Russell as the lead of Dark Skies, a supernatural psychological thriller with, yes, an alien bent.

The Stewart-scribed screenplay follows an everyday suburban couple whose life is thrown out of whack when aliens enter their home and terrorize them every night. When the children become targets, however, a husband and wife “take matters into their own hands to save their family.” Wouldn’t you just call the cops?

Dimension is distributing, while Jason Blum will produce through his Blumhouse Pictures; a good sign for Dark Skies on the financial side of things, seeing as Blumhouse have also been behind the similarly-themed Paranormal Activity series and Insidious. Not many signs point to the thing actually being any good — let’s face it and say Stewart‘s filmography could raise an eyebrow or three — but Russell is a solid, dependable actress who I’ve never actually seen give a bad performance, and the filmmaker having his own material to work with could make a difference. (Could.)

We’ll know when Dark Skies begins shooting, which may happen by the end of this year.

Is Russell a promising sign for Dark Skies?

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