Deadline.com has revealed that Keanu Reeves will play the lead in Passengers, the first foray into cinema for TV director Brian Kirk (Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire).
Passengers will be set in a spaceship carrying thousands of people in a cryogenic sleep on its way to a faraway planet. Because of a technical problem, one of the passengers, played by Reeves, wakes up 90 years earlier than everyone else. As he is afraid of dying alone, he wakes up another traveler, which lead love to blossom.
The screenplay of the sci-fi romance will be written by Jon Spaihts, who worked on Ridley Scott's Prometheus. No actress has yet been attached to the lead female role.
Passengers will be at the next Cannes film market.