Mads Mikkelsen In Talks To Play Villain In 'Chaos Walking'

Chaos Walking

From another report relayed by Bloody Disgusting and originally put out by Variety, it looks like Mads Mikkelsen will join Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley in the upcoming science-fiction dystopian film, Chaos Walking, from director Doug Liman.

Mikkelsen would play the villainous mayor who relentlessly searches the protagonist boy, who is likely to be played by Holland. Mikkelsen is no stranger to villainous roles, having played Hannibal Lecter in the acclaimed Hannibal series and James Bond's Casino Royale nemesis. He most recently played Galen Erso in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

There isn't a whole lot generally known about this movie beyond that it is a film set in a dystopian future without women, and everyone can hear each other's thoughts. Liman has made his mark on the film industry before, with such movies as Edge of Tomorrow and The Bourne Identity.

The movie is based off of a 2008 novel called Chaos Walking: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. This seems to be another attempt at keeping the young adult book-based film genre alive, which has hit some stumbling blocks with films like The 5th Wave and the Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials not doing particularly well at the box office. We're pretty far removed from The Hunger Games and Harry Potter by this point.

In any case, with a fairly interesting premise and a cast as cool as this, maybe Chaos Walking can help bring the genre back to life in the theaters. Ridley, Holland, and Mikkelsen are all talented and engaging actors. Maybe they can bring enough to the movie to make it engaging for a wide audience.

Chaos Walking is slated to come out March 1st, 2019. It's being produced by Lionsgate.

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