Katee Sackhoff Cast as Lead in Sci-Fi “Origin Unknown”

Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica, Riddick, Oculus, Don’t Knock Twice) will play the lead role of Mackenzie ‘Mack’ Wilson in the sci-fi thriller Origin Unknown.

After the first manned mission to Mars ends in a deadly crash, mission controller Mackenzie ‘Mack’ Wilson (Sackhoff) is summoned to assist an artificial intelligence system – A.R.T.I Their investigation uncovers a mysterious object under the surface of Mars, leading to a discovery that could change the future of our planet as we know it.  Principal photography begins later this month in London, UK.

Origin Unknown is being directed by Hasraf ‘HaZ’ Dullul (Project Kronos, Sync) an award nominated visual effects artist (Hell Boy II, The Dark Knight) who recently signed on to direct the much-anticipated Robin Hood reboot, Robin Hood 2058, produced by Atlas Entertainment (Suicide Squad, Batman vs Superman, Warcraft) and Gianni Nunnari (Immortals, 300). While simultaneously directing music videos and commercials, HaZ transitioned into scripted fare with his Sci-fi short film Project Kronos, which became an Internet hit on YouTube and Vimeo.

The screenplay for Origin Unknown is written by Gary Hall based on a story by Dulull. The director of photography is Adam Sculthorp (aerial unit on ‘Prometheus’, ‘Spectre”). The VFX will be handled by Territory Studio (‘The Martian’, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, Blade Runner 2, Alien Covenant), Paddy Eason is the VFX Supervisor (’28 Weeks Later’, ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’) and Michael Stevens (‘Million Dollar Baby’, ‘Invictus’, Gran Torino) will compose.

Origin Unknown is being financed by Head Gear Films and Parkgate Entertainment; Phil Hunt and Compton Ross of Head Gear Films are Executive Producers on the project.

Origin Unknown marks a partnership between Parkgate Entertainment (a Production Company) and Coffee & Cigarettes (a Producer’s Representative and Distribution Consultancy). Tom Clark and Eduardo Panizzo are representing the film and Executive Producing.

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