The indie sci-fi film Young Ones has been kicking around in development for a few years. Jake Paltrow, brother of actor Gwyneth Paltrow, wrote and will be directing the upcoming post-apocalyptic sci-fi film, and now it looks like the movie just found a new cast.
According to Variety, actors Nicholas Hoult, Michael Shannon, and Kodi Smit-McPhee will join Elle Fanning in the film, set in the near future where water has become the most valuable resource in the world.
Young Ones will follow a 14-year-old cowboy (Smit-McPhee), who is grieving the recent death of his father. But when he discovers his father’s killer has moved in with his sister, the boy must use his wits to confront the situation and navigate through the harsh new world.
Principal photography is set to begin next month in the deserts of South Africa. Young Ones will be Paltrow’s first film since his directorial debut with the 2007 film The Good Night, featuring Gwyneth Paltrow, Martin Freeman, Penélope Cruz, and Danny DeVito. Filmmaker Noah Baumbach (Greenberg, The Squid and The Whale) is attached to produce the indie sci-fi movie.
A few years ago, Collider came across the sales banner for Young Ones. On the poster, there was a tagline that read, “Not All Children Have a Childhood.” The film has a lot of potential to be something special, but seeing how it’s an indie film, don’t be surprised if this will be a more character based and emotionally driven sci-fi film, rather than an action-heavy one. Check out the sales banner below.