Ali Larter Sought For "UFO" Remake

12/14/2009 Posted by Admin

By our guest blogger, Matt Jussim

Ali Larter (“Heroes”) is a frontrunner for the role of Virginia Lake in the upcoming film adaptation of British cult 1970s TV series "UFO" reports Forbidden Planet.

According to the site: Director Matthew Gratzner said, "We've talked to Ali Larter, who's very interested. I've actually met with her, and I think she would be a great addition to the picture. Lake is very strong and obviously also very feminine, and Ali Larter definitely encompasses that."

Gratzner adds that loose plans for a trilogy are already in place. "There are three movies planned. The first script is completed, and number two and number three are treatments--and numbers two and three are even more spectacular."

The $130 million adaptation of Gerry Anderson's 1970s UK sci-fi series was announced last July. "Fringe" star Joshua Jackson plays Paul Foster, a test pilot who joins S.H.A.D.O. (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defense Organization), a covert organization built under a Hollywood studio that defends Earth against a race of aliens who have been abducting humans and using the body parts.

Gratzner is a visual effects veteran who has contributed to some big budget films, including "The Dark Knight," "Iron Man," "Hancock," "Superman Returns" and "War Of The Worlds."

Although I’ve never seen the original British series, the project sounds like it could be pretty interesting. With Jackson showing some quality acting chops on “Fringe,” this project also could be his ticket to more success and possible super-stardom.

The film seems like it will probably have some extensive visual effects, which tips in favor of Gratzner, who has plenty of experience in that department.

The project will be released in 2011.

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