Source: Gage Skidmore, Protagonist, NASA/Bill Ingalls

Riz Ahmed, Michael Pearce, Octavia Spencer

Riz Ahmed and Octavia Spencer have joined the cast of sci-fi thriller Invasion directed by Micheal Pearce.

The project is produced by Amazon, which has taken world rights, alongside Film4, who developed it with Raw. Pearce wrote the script alongside Bafta-nominee Joe Barton (The Ritual, Giri/Haji).

The producers are Raw’s Dimitri Doganis (Three Identical Strangers), Piers Vellacott (American Animals) and Derrin Schlesinger (The Nest). Executive producers are Daniel Battsek, Ollie Madden and Julia Oh from Film4, alongside Kate Churchill and Jenny Hinkey.

It is the follow-up to Pearce’s feature debut Beast, which won him the Bafta for outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer in 2019 (shared with producer Lauren Dark), and featured breakout performances from Jesse Buckley and Johnny Flynn.

Invasion follows two young brothers on the run with their father (Ahmed), a decorated Marine, who is on a rescue mission to save his boys from an unhuman threat. As their journey takes them in increasingly dangerous and unexpected directions, the boys will need to confront hard truths and leave their childhoods behind.