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In July, a large contingent of movie-goers will be introduced to actor Michael Shannon. He'll be playing the iconic villain General Zod in Zack Synder's 'Man of Steel.' However, Shannon has been a force in films and on television for years. He has had powerful turns in 'Revolutionary Road,' on HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire,' and especially in last year's 'Take Shelter.' Now it appears Shannon will be reuniting with 'Take Shelter' director Jeff Nichols for an as-yet-untiled science fiction movie for Warner Brothers. The details are sparse, but the project has been described as a present-day sci-fi chase movie. Nichols will write and direct. This will mark the first studio film for Nichols, who is coming off serious festival buzz for his latest film 'Mud' starring Matthew McConaughey.
I can't even tell you how excited I at this announcement. 'Take Shelter' was one of my favorite movies of 2012, and Shannon's performance was mesmerizing. He is one of my very favorite actors, and even when he turns up in less-than-excellent movies, he is still amazing to watch. I point you to the bike messenger actioner 'Premium Rush.' He really needs to be a household name at this point. I am looking forward not only too seeing what these two artists create when they team up again, but also to seeing Jeff Nichols get his shot at a major studio sci-fi film. There has been an encouraging trend lately of brilliant directors transitioning from smaller, pensive science fiction to larger studio productions. Duncan Jones ('Moon') transitioned to 'Source Code' for Summit and is currently at work on the 'World of War Craft' movie for Legendary Pictures. Dan Trachtenberg, who directed the Portal fan film 'No Escape,' will adapt 'Y: The Last Man' for New Line. And though it was recently put on hold, Colin Trevorrow ('Safety Not Guaranteed') has been hired to direct 'Jurassic Park 4.' I am happy to see Nichols moving up to be a part of this breakout class of filmmakers.
What do you guys think? Are you excited about this project? Do you agree Michael Shannon deserves more mainstream attention?