In August of this year, L’express reported that Robert Pattinson was attached to star in Claire Denis’ upcoming English-language sci-fi film, written with British writer Zadie Smith. However, at that time little was known about the plot and additional cast members. We did know that the script was written by White Teeth author Zadie Smith and her husband Nick Laird; and that the film was set to “take place beyond the solar system in a future time that nevertheless feels like the present.” We also knew that Rob was attached to play the lead role, a futuristic astronaut.
Fast forward a few months, and we now know the name of the movie, High Life, an additional cast member, and a brief synopsis. According to Deadline:
Mia Goth is set to star opposite Robert Pattinson in High Life, the English language debut film from director Claire Denis. The film is about a group of criminals who accept a mission in space to become the subjects of a human reproduction experiment. They find themselves in the most unimaginable situation after a storm of cosmic rays hit the ship. Goth recently wrapped Gore Verbinski’s A Cure for Wellness, starring opposite Dane DeHaan, whom coincidentally just starred opposite Pattinson in Anton Corbijn’s Life. She most recently starred in the Stephen Fingleton-directed The Survivalist, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and previously appeared in Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac: Volume II. She’s repped by WME, Curtis Brown in UK and Storm Artists.
Indiewire and the Film Stage are reporting that Oscar winning actress, Patricia Arquette has also joined the cast of High Life. For her performance in Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, which was filmed from 2002 – 2014, she received widespread praise and won the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Critics’ Choice Award, Golden Globe Award, Independent Spirit Award, and SAG Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2015. One of our favourite moments from the 2015 Academy Awards presentation was Patricia’s powerful acceptance speech, calling for equal rights and wage equality for women in the United States of America. I personally didn’t know too much about her at the time, but her speech made me curious about her. I also believe that Rob once mentioned having had a crush on her! This movie is getting better by the day, and we simply can’t wait!
*edited cast on October 26th 2015