The Last Days On Mars Gets Cast – Sally Hawkins, Romola Garai, Liev Schreiber

Once upon a time, Ruairi Robinson was attached to direct the US version of Akira. That didn’t happen, and I can’t help but feel relieved for him. What he does have going on certainly seems to have more of a fighting chance.

The Last Days of Mars will be Robinson’s feature debut, though he picked up an Oscar nomination for his decidedly-not-to-be-confused-with-that-bloody-Twilight-fanfic animated short, Fifty Percent Grey, and won over geek hearts everywhere with a couple of live action shorts, Silent City and Blinky. Both are sci-fi films, and so have all of the features that Robinson has been publicly attached to. It would seem he really likes the genre.

And, oftentimes, that translates into “really gets it” too. Here’s hoping.

According to The Daily Mail, Mars has picked up three of its eight key cast members – Sally Hawkins, Romola Garai and Liev Schreiber.

They’ll be playing:

A group of astronauts lost on a space station.

Maybe not lost, exactly…

Five more to go, and I think you should expect some more international faces to crop up too.

Not to give too much away, but I’ve read the screenplay, by Clive Dawson, from a short story by Sydney J Bounds, and there are several familiar tropes and not all of them from the sci-fi genre, necessarily. There’s a certain amount of horror here.

If Robinson can pull off some of the suspense conceits well – there’s a lot of business with airlocks that could be outstandingly tense if deftly handled – then I’m sure we’ll all have a great time with this one.

I’ll go on record with this I-sort-of-believe-it prediction now: they’re going to rename the film The Last Days, running scared of the supposed Mars curse. Film distributors really are a superstitious lot. I hope they’re enjoying today’s date.

Here’s Blinky, Robinson’s macabre robot short. Hopefully he’ll manage this degree of creepiness, if not beat it, on the bigger stage.

Blinky™ from Ruairi Robinson on Vimeo.