Add 12 Years A Slave star Chiwetel Ejoifor to 20th Century Fox’s The Martian, the Ridley Scott-directed film that stars Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels and Kristen Wiig in the saga of an astronaut marooned on Mars. Ejiofor plays Venkat Kapoor, the Director of the Mars Mission. Michael Pena, Kate Mara and Sean Bean also are cast.

The script is adapted by The Cabin In The Woods’ Drew Goddard from the book by Andy Weir, which sold to publisher Crown in 2013 after enjoying meteoric sales as an e-book. Fox has set The Martian for release November 25, 2015.

Ejiofor is repped by CAA.