(Written for Lost In The Multiplex)
The cast for Jake Platrow’s upcoming futuristic thriller Young Ones is shaping up quite nicely, as Nicholas Hoult, Michael Shannon, Elle Fanning, and Kodi Smit-McPhee join the ensemble this week.
Centring on a 14-year-old boy who is forced to use his wits to survive, Young Ones is set in a violent near-future where water has become the most precious—and fastest-dwindling—resource on the planet.
Considering his age, it looks likely that Smit-McPhee will star in the lead role, one that will really suit him, I think, after starring alongside Chloë Grace Moretz in 2010’s Let Me In.
Elle Fanning is a recent rising star too, with roles in the likes of We Bought A Zoo and Ginger & Rosa, so it will be good to see more from her, and Michael Shannon will certainly bring a lot to this dystopian thriller, giving an excellent performance in Take Shelter, a similar one to the one he will possibly give here.
As for Skins’ star Nicholas Hoult, he’s certainly been making a name for himself lately with the lead role in next month’s Jack The Giant Slayer and this month’s Warm Bodies. It’s good to see that he’s doing a lot of work in some very decent films, so Young Ones is looking promising with these recent cast additions.
Written and directed by Paltrow (The Good Night), production for the film is already underway in South Africa’s Northern Cape desert.