EXCLUSIVE: Milla Jovovich is joining the cast of James Franco’s new indie film Future World, playing a drug lord in a post-apocalyptic world that is plagued with heat, ravaged by disease and crippled by chronic war. Franco and Bruce Thierry Cheung are directing and Franco is also acting in the film, the story of which he created.

The project, written by Cheung, Jay Davis and Jeremy Cheung, follows a young boy of noble birth who embarks on a journey through the wasteland of this future world in order to find medicine for his dying mother. Armed with his faithful bodyguard and only a slim hope that this medicine actually exists, he must forge courageously on, facing danger and ultimately the Warlord of this world who has plans of his own as he takes control of a beautiful, life-like robot assassin.

Twin ShadowSinger-actor George Lewis Jr, known as Twin Shadow, has also been cast in the role of Ratcatcher. Margarita Levieva (The Deuce at HBO) also plays one of the primary roles.

The project will be produced by Dark Rabbit Productions and AMBI will distribute, but no release date has been determined.

Jovovich stars in the sixth installment of Resident Evil franchise entitled Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, which will be released by Sony Screen Gems in January 2017. She was most recently seen reprising her role of Katinka in Zoolander 2.

Jovovich and Franco are both repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment. Twin Shadow is repped by Paradigm/Windish and manager Eddie Bezalel.