Following the recent addition of Carey Mulligan, Deadline brings word that Golden Globe-nominated actor Paul Dano and The Big Bang Theory alum Kunal Nayyar have been tapped to join Adam Sandler in Netflix’s upcoming film adaptation of Spaceman. This project marks the reunion between Mulligan and Dano, who previously worked together in the Little Miss Sunshine actor’s 2018 directorial debut film Wildlife. There is no word yet on what roles they will play in the project.
Dano’s notable film credits include L.I.E, There Will Be Blood, 12 Years a Slave, Prisoners and Love & Mercy, with the latter earning him his first Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He will next be seen in Matt Reeves’ highly-anticipated The Batman, which is slated to premiere in 2022.
Nayyar gained recognition for his role as Rajesh Koothrappali in the hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory, which had wrapped up its 12-season run in 2019. He also starred in last year’s Trolls World Tour and Think Like a Dog.
Based on Jaroslav Kalfar’s 2017 novel Spaceman of Bohemia, the film centers on an astronaut sent to the edge of the galaxy to collect mysterious ancient dust but instead finds his earthly life falling to pieces and must turn to one voice to help him put it back together, which happens to belong to a creature from the beginning of time lurking in his ship.
Spaceman will be directed by Emmy-wining filmmaker Johan Renck (Chernobyl) from a screenplay written by Colby Day. Producers are Channing Tatum, Reid Carolin, Peter Kiernan and Michael Parets for Free Association, with Parets overseeing for the banner while Tim Headington, Lia Buman and Max Silva will oversee for Tango Entertainment. It is executive produced by Ben Ormand, Renck and Barry Bernadi.
Sandler currently has a major multi-film deal in place with Netflix, which has delivered such hits as Murder Mystery and Hubie Halloween. He is also currently working on another project with the streamer, which is a sports comedy film titled Hustle. The film will be led by Sandler and Queen Latifah.