EXCLUSIVE: Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg are set to star in Vivarium, a sci-fi thriller from Without Name helmer Lorcan Finnegan. XYZ Films is exec producing and handling world sales which kick off in Cannes next week. Production starts in Ireland in July.
Poots will play a young woman who, along with her fiancé (Eisenberg), is in search of the perfect starter home. After following a mysterious real estate agent to a new housing development, the couple becomes trapped in a maze of identical houses and forced to raise an otherworldly child.
Poots recently starred in Jamie Dagg’s Sweet Virginia and Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room. She’ll next be seen in The Art of Self-Defense which also stars Eisenberg and Alessandro Nivola. She’s repped by CAA, Troika, and Morris Yorn.
Oscar nominee Eisenberg will next star in Resistance, which shoots later this year. He’s also got Kim Nguyen’s The Hummingbird Project in post. Eisenberg is repped by CAA and Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson.
Finnegan’s debut feature Without Name, an ecological horror-thriller, premiered in Toronto in 2016. XYZ also handled North American sales on that film.
XYZ’s Cannes slate includes survival thriller Titan, Midnight Screening Arctic and Mandy in Directors’ Fortnight.
Fantastic Films’ Brendan McCarthy and John McDonnell will produce in co-production with Belgium’s Frakas Productions and Denmark’s PingPong Film. Vivarium also gets additional support from the Irish Film Board, Wallimage, the Danish Film Institute and Eurimages. It was developed with the support of the Creative Europe Media Programme of the European Union, Film4 and Frontières.