Deadline reports that English actor Jamie Bell has signed on to join Cillian Murphy (Inception) and Thandie Newton (Crash) in the British psychological thriller The Retreat, which begins production next month in Wales under the direction of newcomer Carl Tibbets.
The Retreat centers on a married couple vacationing on a remote European island to work on their relationship after they are affected by a personal tragedy. But the couple’s world is thrown into chaos when a soldier in a biohazard suit washes ashore and tells them everyone on the mainland is dying of a highly contagious airborne virus.
Bell is most likely replacing the previously attached David Tennant to play the dying military officer. The young actor, who got his start playing the titular role in the acclaimed Billy Elliot (2000) and was a finalist to play Spider-Man in the Marc Webb reboot, just wrapped production on Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn and will be seen next February alongside Channing Tatum in the Roman period drama The Eagle.
The Retreat was written by director Carl Tibbets, and will be produced by Magnet’s Gary Sinyor, with David Frost executive producing.