Naomi Scott joins sci-fi comedy ‘Distant’
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Naomi Scott joins sci-fi comedy ‘Distant’

It has been revealed that Naomi Scott will join Anthony Ramos to co-star in Amblin’s upcoming sci-fi comedy Distant.

The film, which has been written by Spenser Cohen, will be directed by Will Speck and Josh Gordon, a duo who previously earned critical acclaim for their work on projects such as Blades of Glory and Office Christmas Party.

Scott, most commonly recognised for her recent role in Disney’s live-action film Aladdin, has been picked up to replace Rachel Brosnahan who dropped out of the film because of scheduling conflicts. Brosnahan instead needs to complete work on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel which has encountered delays due to the current health crisis.

For the comical science-fiction effort Distant, however, Speck and Gordon will tell the story of an asteroid miner who, after crash-landing on an alien planet, must contend with the challenges of his new surroundings.

A description of the film reads: “Distant tells the story of an asteroid miner who, after crash-landing on an alien planet, must contend with the challenges of his new surroundings, while making his way across the harsh terrain to the only other survivor – a woman who is trapped in her escape pod.”

It has also been confirmed that the likes of Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Fred Berger, Anna Halberg and Kevin Vafi will act as producers on the film while directors Speck and Gordon will also be on executive producing duties.

Jeb Brody, the Amblin Partners co-president of production, will work alongside creative executive John Buderwitz to oversee for the studio.

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