Margaret Qualley, Anthony Mackie and Danny Huston are set to star in IO, a sci-fi pic IO for director Jonathan Helpert. Shooting starts this week in France on the film, which follows one girl’s coming of age while examining the dangers of humanity’s current relationship with the planet. Netflix will stream the movie starting next year.
Qualley will play Sam Walden, a teenager surviving as one of the last people on an abandoned post-cataclysmic Earth, who is racing to find a cure for her poisoned home world before the last shuttle off the planet to the distant human space colony leaves her stranded. Mackie will play Micah, a complicated and mysterious refugee on his way to the imminent shuttle launch who makes Sam question whether she can really alter Earth’s fate.
Mandalay Pictures’ Jason Michael Berman and Untitled Entertainment’s Laura Rister will produce IO. The project was developed at the Sundance Institute’s Writers Lab and the Sundance Institute Catalyst Forum. Clay Jeter, Charles Spano and Will Basanta penned the original script.
Qualley is repped by UTA, Management 360 and Sloane Offer. Mackie is with UTA and Inspire Entertainment. Huston is repped by WME, Julian Belfrage Associates, Untitled Entertainment and Myman Abell. Helpert is with WME.