German actress Alexandra Maria Lara, who recently starred in Ron Howard‘s “Rush,” has signed on to join Gerard Butler in Dean Devlin’s sci-fi adventure movie “Geostorm,” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.
Warner Bros. and David Ellison‘s Skydance are teaming on the project, which will start production in October in New Orleans.
Butler stars as a satellite designer who must team up with his estranged younger brother to save the world from an epic man-made storm when the world’s climate-controlling satellites malfunction. As Butler heads into space, Sturgess uncovers a plot to assassinate the president, who will be played by Andy Garcia.
Abbie Cornish will co-star as Sturgess’ girlfriend, while Ed Harris will play the U.S. Secretary of State.
Lara will play the commander of a space station who serves as Butler’s love interest and helps him save the world.
Devlin wrote the script with Kieran and Michele Mulroney. Ellison and his Skydance partner Dana Goldberg are producing with Devlin’s Electric Entertainment partners Rachel Olschan and Marc Roskin.
Warner Bros. executives Drew Crevello and Nik Mavinkurve will oversee the project for the studio.
Lara recently played Niki Lauda’s wife in Howard’s racing movie “Rush” and will soon be seen in the Weinstein Company’s period drama “Suite Francaise.” Her previous feature credits include Francis Ford Coppola’s “Youth Without Youth,” Anton Corbijn’s Joy Division movie “Control,” Stephen Daldry’s “The Reader,” Spike Lee’s war drama “Miracle at St. Anna,” the Adolf Hitler film “Downfall” and terrorism thriller “The Baader Meinhof Complex.”
She’s represented by Agence Adequat and Tavistock Wood Management.