When we last covered Hitman and Frontiere(s) director Xavier Gens' next project we knew it was called The Fallout, would involve an apocalyptic scenario and a handful of people holed up in a shelter underground and that he would begin filming in February. Considering it's now May and we're finally starting to hear about casting for the film, I think it's safe to say that Gens' and company did not make their February target date. That's alright, though, because the film hasn't dropped off the face of the Earth, it's just undergone some changes.

The first is that the producers have dropped The Fallout as the title in favor of The Divide. Secondly, we now have a cast of familiar faces to imagine being holed up in a shelter: Michael Biehn, Milo Ventimigila, Rosanna Arquette, Courtney B. Vance and Lauren German. We're not quite sure who is playing who at this point, but with this casting announcement, Shock Till You Drop also offers up the most detailed plot synopsis to date:

"When a cataclysmic explosion devastates New York, eight strangers take refuge in the basement of their apartment building, a converted fallout shelter designed by their paranoid superintendent Mickey. With just three connecting rooms it's barely big enough, but with stockpiles of food and water, the group are at least safe from the horrors outside, and they settle in and attempt to fathom the catastrophe that has ended the lives of so many of their loved ones.

But suddenly men in HAZMAT suits storm their shelter and open fire. The strangers join forces in a desperate bid to take on this enemy, with no one understanding what these HAZMATS are looking for and what drives them to be so merciless.

With fatalities on both sides and the remaining HAZMATS temporarily pushed back and locked out, the worst is yet to come for the group. Cabin fever sets in as the perception of the shelter shifts from safe-haven to claustrophobic rat-trap. Fear of radiation-poisoning and dwindling supplies play on their minds, while the young, beautiful Eva has more immediate worries... Her fiancé Sam is weaker than the other males, who are slowly starting to regress into ruthless, violent, predators.

As tension mounts their sanctuary becomes a living hell, and with Sam powerless to protect Eva, she must rely on her wits to save herself from becoming the mercy of the pack in a thrilling final act.

With twists and turns throughout, and no way of knowing who will make it out alive, The Fallout is an action packed psychological thriller that combines Assault on Precinct 13 with Lord of the Flies. To survive the end of the world, you first must survive each other..."

Oh, and if that premise has you eager to see the film, there's no need to worry about another start date slipping by; filming on The Divide began this week.

categories Movies, Sci-Fi