Netflix has set its next science fiction adventure picture. The Mothership, a new movie from director Matt Charman, will be released next year.
Charman is set to write and direct, marking his directorial debut. Though the filmmaker may be new to the director’s chair, he has extensive experience writing and producing, and with big names at that. Charman co-wrote the screenplay for Steven Spielberg’s 2015 hit Bridge of Spies with the Coen brothers. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. There is no shortage of star power attached to The Mothership, as Halle Berry is set to star and executive produce Charman’s debut. Netflix will distribute the film, while MRK and Automatik will handle production.
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Let’s look at everything we know about Matt Charman’s directorial debut. What can we expect from the plot? In addition to star and EP Halle Berry, who has been lined up in the cast? When and where will the film be released? And what else should audiences know about Matt Charman’s The Mothership?
The Mothership: The Plot
As of now, specific plot information remains unclear, though we do have a logline per What’s On Netflix that reads:
“The sci-fi adventure follows Sara Morse (Berry) one year since her husband mysteriously vanished from their rural farm. When she discovers a strange, extraterrestrial object underneath their home, Sara and her kids embark on a race to find their husband, father, and most importantly – the truth.”
From that description, we can gather that The Mothership will likely involve an alien abduction mystery story. It seems that the missing husband also has something to hide. This marks a change in tone for director Charman, as his previous screenplays primarily focused on war or historical stories. He likely wants to make a name for himself as an emerging director by focusing on a new style.
Of course, alien abduction stories are nothing new in Hollywood. Though by now, there are almost no original ideas left. What matters is how existing ideas are changed and modernized to tell a new story. With a proven star like Halle Berry at the helm, The Mothership has every chance to succeed (as long as her performance is more Monster’s Ball and less Catwoman).
Additional plot information will likely follow in the weeks and months leading up to the release date.
The Mothership: The Cast
As mentioned, Halle Berry is playing the title role of Sara Morse, a woman investigating the mysterious disappearance of her husband and the connection to the extraterrestrial object underneath their house. Berry is leading a cast of established big names. Power star Omari Hardwick is set to play Berry’s character’s husband, who is currently unnamed. Lost in Space actor Molly Parker is set for a leading role alongside Berry and Hardwick. Her character or role is unknown.
Sara and her husband’s children will be played by young actors Quinn MacPherson and Jaiden J. Smith. MacPherson’s character is thought to be named Chloe, but there has yet to be an official confirmation of that. CSI actor Paul Guilfoyle will play Dr. Francis Singer. Not much is known of his character, but given his title, we can assume that he may be a scientist of some sort. Fear the Walking Dead’s Sydney Lemmon is set for the role of Johanna, details of which also remain under wraps. The Fast and the Furious franchise’s John Ortiz is playing an unknown role. Rafael Silva of Don’t Look Up will be playing the role of Alex.
Per What’s on Netflix, additional cast members include Thomas Philip O’Neal as Ivan, Marilyn Busch as Holly, Tyler Gevas as Stuart, and Rocco Navarro as a Navy SEAL. Since there are few details attached to these roles, it is possible they may change.
More casting announcements and confirmations are likely to follow as we approach closer to the release date.
As of this writing, there is no release date attached to Matt Charman’s The Mothership. We only know that it is expected to release sometime in 2023 on Netflix. Principal photography is reportedly finished, having been completed in Boston, Massachusetts, between June and August 2021. Given the typical turnaround time from production to post-production, The Mothership could reasonably be ready for release at any point next year. However, given that it is currently October (as of this writing), and no major promotions have yet begun, Netflix is likely aiming for a release later in the year.