Zoe Saldana has signed on for a key role in I Kill Giants, the upcoming film version of the graphic novel by Joe Kelly and illustrator Ken Niimura. The story follows a young misfit girl named Barbara who grapples with monsters both real and imagined in her life. Saldana will play Mrs. Mollé, the school psychologist who helps Barbara through her struggles and forms a tight bond with her as a result. Saldana joins up-and-comer Madison Wolfe as Barbara, who was chosen for the role after a nationwide search of over 500 actresses.

MadisonWolfeFilming is set to begin in early 2016, with Anders Walter helming from a script by Kelly. Chris Columbus is producing through 1492 Pictures/Ocean Blue Entertainment, along with Justin Nappi through Treehouse Pictures, Kim Magnusson and Man of Action Entertainment, and XYZ Films. Treehouse is also handling financing. Filming is set to begin in early 2106, with XYZ, currently meeting with distributors in Toronto, handling international sales.

Saldana is repped by ICM and Morris Yorn. She was recently seen in Infinitely Polar Bear opposite Mark Ruffalo, and will soon be seen in the upcoming Star Trek Beyond as well as the Nina Simone Biopic Nina. Wolfe is repped by Clear Talent Group and Untitled Entertainment. She will next be seen in David O. Russell’s Joy and opposite Bryan Cranston in Jay Roach’s Trumbo.