OITNB's Taylor Schilling Joins Sam Worthington in Sci-Fi Film THE TITAN
I'm only familiar with Taylor Schilling's work on the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black, in which she plays the show's lead character, Piper Chapman. Piper is the worst, and Schilling makes her fun to hate (or at least strongly dislike). But it looks like Schilling is heading from a women's prison to the world of sci-fi, because Deadline reports that she's joining Avatar star Sam Worthington in a new sci-fi movie called The Titan.
Set in a not-too-distant future, it tracks the journey of a military family that is relocated to take part in a groundbreaking experiment of man’s genetic evolution into space.
Could that description be any more vague? I don't know if the producers are trying to keep the story details under wraps because the movie is dependent on twists and surprises, or if they just did a terrible job writing a compelling synopsis.
I've mostly been able to avoid Worthington since Avatar, but he actually popped up in three movies I reviewed here in 2015: Kidnapping Mr. Heineken, The Keeping Room, and Everest. He's about to come back in a big way with three of James Cameron's Avatar sequels planned for the next few years, and unless he shows tremendous growth as an actor, I'm not looking forward to casting directors remembering he exists and his inevitable resurgence in movies I want to see.
As for Schilling, though, I'm very interested in seeing what she can do outside the walls of Litchfield Penitentiary. I've heard good things about a dark comedy she was in this year called The Overnight that I still want to check out, and we'll see how she does in the sci-fi genre with this one. Production starts in Europe next month, with rookie helmer Lennart Ruff directing from Max Hurwitz's (Hell On Wheels) screenplay. Tom Wilkinson (Batman Begins, Rush Hour, Michael Clayton) also stars. What do you think?