Forest Whitaker is boarding David M. Rosenthal’s action-thriller How It Ends written by Brooks McLaren.

Pic, which is set against a mysterious apocalyptic event that turns the roads into mayhem, follows a young father who will stop at nothing to get home to his pregnant wife on the other side of the country. Theo James also stars.

Paul Schiff, Tai Duncan, Kelly McCormick, and Patrick Newall serve as producers. Sierra/Affinity developed the project with Paul Schiff Productions, and is handling worldwide sales and financing of the film. Sierra’s Nick Meyer and Marc Schaberg are EPs. This past January, Netflix acquired worldwide rights to How It Ends. Production starts next month in Winnipeg, Canada.

Whitaker was seen last year Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Arrival and he recently wrapped Marvel’s Black Panther which is due out on Feb. 16. He won a leading actor Oscar for his turn in Fox Searchlight’s The Last King of Scotland. Whitaker is repped by WME and Brillstein.