I guess the return of Star Wars means sci-fi is back in vogue. Deadline reports Jon Hamm is in talks to appear in Marjorie Prime. Adapted from the 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist for drama by Jordan Harrison, it follows “an elderly, arthritic former violinist named Marjorie, staring headlong into the decline of old age as her memories begin to fail her. Availing herself of a service that provides holographic recreations of deceased loved ones as their survivors would like them remembered, Marjorie spends her time with her daughter and son in law, and with an imperfect copy of her deceased husband, Walter, as he looked in his 30s and 40s.”
Hamm is expected to play the husband. Michael Almereyda, director of 2000’s Ethan Hawke-led Hamlet, adapted the play and will helm the film.
Between this and yesterday’s report of Anne Hathaway‘s sci-fi comedy, it seems fantastical ideas are seeping into a wider array of films and attracting a diverse talent base. Science fiction is a larger genre than space epics — thought those can be great as well — and it’s interesting to see science fiction ideas receive more respectability.