Salma Hayek and Owen Wilson are set to star in Amazon’s forthcoming sci-fi drama Bliss. Cameras have already started rolling in Los Angeles and Croatia as of this week.
Wilson leads as a recent divorcé whose descent into misery is interrupted by an enchanting woman, played by Hayek, who lives on the streets and is convinced they’re living in a harsh, polluted simulation barring them from the beautiful “real” world.
In what seems like a wonky love story meets The Matrix, the film will be directed and penned by Mike Cahill, who can be recognized for his Sundance Alfred P. Sloan Prize-winning Another Earth and I Origins.
“Mike Cahill is a brilliant storyteller gifted by a unique ability to craft the truly high-concept idea in a deeply soulful way that resonates with audiences,” Ted Hope, co-head of movies at Amazon Studios, said in a statement. “As a real fan of all his work, I am delighted that we can provide this opportunity for him to take his vision further than ever before.”
Known for his lumpy nose, mop of blonde hair and saying “wow” in every film he’s in, Wilson was most recently seen in the 2017 comedic drama Wonder with Julia Roberts and Jacob Tremblay. He also starred in the comedy Father Figures alongside Ed Helms, Christopher Walken, J.K. Simmons and Glenn Close.
Hayek is busy starring in another film, Paramount’s comedy Limited Partners. You can catch her alongside Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne when the film is released in January. Until then, there’s Hayek’s most recent works, including 2017’s Beatriz at Dinner, and The Hummingbird Project with co-stars Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgård.
Endgame Entertainment’s Lucas Smith has been brought on as executive produce alongside Marsha Winton, while James D. Stern will produce. A long-time producer and director, Stern has helmed more than 30 films and 20 Broadway shows.
“We know our global customers will be excited to see what Mike and his team—Salma Hayek, Owen Wilson, and this fabulous cast and crew—can do with such complex, yet real characters in such an imaginative and thrilling world. It will blow people’s minds, I am sure,” Hope said.