Becky star Lulu Wilson has signed on to play the lead in the alien invasion film Xeno, featuring an alien created by the Henson Company
Annabelle: Creation and Becky star Lulu Wilson, who is soon to be seen in The Wrath of Becky, has signed on to star in the alien invasion film Xeno for writer, director, and VFX Artist Matthew Loren Oates. Deadline reports that Wilson is joined in the cast by Omari Hardwick (Power) and Trae Romano (Stargirl).
Set to start filming in Albuquerque, New Mexico on May 8th, Xeno will see Wilson taking on the role of a teenage girl befriends a terrifying alien that crash-lands in the desert near her home. As government agents close in, the girl protects her dangerous new companion while also dealing with her depressed mother and the mother’s abusive boyfriend.
Kevin Hart is producing the film through his company Hartbeat. Hartbeat’s Bryan Smiley, Luke Kelly-Clyne and Shana Marie are also producing the film. Hartbeat’s Thai Randolph, Kevin Healey and Ty Walker are executive producers, and Hart’s Global Media Company is working with The Henson Company on the alien creature. So this thing is probably going to look pretty cool.
Oates has directed multiple short films, but his only previous feature is the 2006 drama Wasted, which is also known by the title Farewell Bender and is listed on IMDb as an adventure thriller for some reason. The synopsis of that film was: Three 20-something friends circa 1996 return to their small-town roots in order to attend the funeral for their high-school friend Bender. The guys spend a wild weekend reminiscing over football, booze and babes while struggling with one buddy’s self-destructive lifestyle, another’s seemingly perfect life and the other’s humiliating insecurities.
Xeno sounds like it actually will be an adventure thriller… and I’m looking forward to seeing how it’s going to turn out. Wilson is a talented actor and I’m looking forward to seeing what the Henson Company will do with the alien character. Leave a comment to let us know what you think about this film.