‘Creed’s’ Tessa Thompson Eyed to Join Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez in ‘Annihilation’ (Exclusive)

Alex Garland (“Ex Machina”) is directing the sci-fi movie for Paramount and producer Scott Rudin

Hot off the success of “Creed,” rising star Tessa Thompson is being eyed to join Oscar winner Natalie Portman and Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez in Alex Garland‘s “Annihilation,” multiple individuals familiar with the Paramount project have told TheWrap.

Paramount had no comment, while representatives for Thompson wouldn’t confirm at this time.

Scott Rudin is producing the adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer’s novel, which follows a group of women who take on a dangerous mission where the laws of nature don’t apply.

The group consists of an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist who serves as the group’s de facto leader; and a biologist, who serves as the narrator.

Thompson is weighing several offers in the wake of “Creed,” though she’s in early talks for “Annihilation,” which is expected to start production this spring.

Thompson starred in Justin Simien‘s “Dear White People” before landing a supporting role in Ava DuVernay‘s “Selma.” Her TV credits include “Veronica Mars” and BBC America’s “Copper,” and she’ll soon be seen on HBO’s “Westworld.”

Thompson is represented by Greene & Associates Talent Agency, Mosaic and Jackoway Tyerman.

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