EXCLUSIVE: Sci-fi sequel stars Johnny Harris, Sam Keeley and Joe Dempsie.

Principal photography is underway in Jordan on Monsters: Dark Continent.

Misfits director Tom Green’s feature debut, written by Jay Basu, is a co-production between StreetDance 3D producer-distributor Vertigo Films and fledgling management and production company 42, whose co-founders Ben Pugh and Rory Aitken were behind Shifty and Welcome to the Punch.

Gareth Edwards, who directed Monsters, will executive produce.

Welcome To The Punch actor Johnny Harris stars alongside Sam Keeley (What Richard Did) and Joe Dempsie (Game Of Thrones) in the anticipated sequel, set “some years after” Edwards’ cult hit original, which won four British Independent Film Awards.

In Dark Continent, Infected Zones have spread across the world. While US military try to wipe out the monsters, they soon realize they face resistance from a number of corners.

Filming will take place in Jordan for five weeks, followed by a week in Detroit.

Vertigo Distribution will release in the UK with Protagonist handling international sales.

Producer Allan Niblo of Vertigo said: “Monsters: Dark Continent is a sci-fi action film that remains true to the artistry and intelligence of its prequel Monsters as well as providing the excitement, thrills and set pieces of a genre film. We’re very excited to see Tom Green’s vision unfold”.

Producer James Richardson added: “We are delighted to be working with this incredible new team - 42’s Ben Pugh and Rory Aitken are two very talented producers, Jay Bassu has written an excellent script, we have a brilliant cast and Tom Green is one of the most exciting new directors coming out of the UK.”

42’s Pugh said: “Gareth Edwards created a rich and evocative sci-fi world with Monsters and it’s a privilege to go deeper into that world for Monsters: Dark Continent with Tom Green, Vertigo and a very exciting cast”.