Producer Peter Jackson (The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring) and longtime collaborator Christian Rivers are really gearing up Mortal Engines. They recently cast Robert Sheehan (Cherrybomb) and Ronan Raftery (Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them) and now news arrives via Variety that Icelandic actress Hera Hilmar (Life in a Fishbowl) has been added to the ensemble.
Philip Reeve's series of children's novels takes place in a steampunk post-apocalyptic future where cities are mobile and perambulate the planet devouring each other for fuel – a system amusingly called Municipal Darwinism. The St Paul's Cathedral topped London is the strongest of these Traction Cities, in a world where 'old tech' is extremely sought after.
On one of these massive mobile structures, Tom Natsworthy has an unexpected encounter with a mysterious young woman from the Outlands, who will change the course of his life forever. Character details have yet to be announced, but it is possible that Sheehan could be playing Tom, with Hilmar as the woman he encounters.
Long in development by Jackson – who wrote the script alongside regular collaborators Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens – this one is finally gaining traction and is set to begin shooting in New Zealand this spring, with a 14 December 2018 release date in its sights.
Hilmar has been seen in films such as Karenina (2012) and The Fifth Estate (2013) and had a role on Da Vinci's Demons. She will next show up in The Ottoman Lieutenant and Brad Silberling's (A Series Of Unfortunate Events) An Ordinary Man.