Last month, Bill Murray signed on for his first live-action feature in a few years, Fox Walden's adaptation of Jeanne Duprau's City of Ember. The film is being directed by Gil Kenan, the man who brought us the Oscar-nominated Monster House, from an adaptation by Caroline Thompson, who has penned many-a Tim Burton film from Edward Scissorhands to Corpse Bride. With production currently underway in Belfast, we've finally got word on the rest of the cast, which is pretty impressive -- Tim Robbins, Martin Landau, Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Harry Treadaway.

To recap -- the story is about a city called Ember, which is always in the dark of night, and gets all of its light from electric lamps. Two children, Lina Mayfleet and Doon Harrow, see that the lights are beginning to flicker and are determined to find out why -- thereby unraveling the strange story of the city, and becoming their home's hope for survival before the lights go out for good. Lina is being played by Atonement star Saoirse Ronan, and Doon is Harry Treadaway, whose most recent film is the Ian Curtis biopic -- Control. Bill Murray is, as expected, The Mayor of Ember, who the children go up against, and as for the rest of the new cast -- Robbins is Doon's father and an inventor who holds a secret about the city, Landau is Doon's boss in the Pipeworks and Jean-Baptise is a greenhouse worker. Between the talent behind the production and the story itself, I'm itching to see what they make of the dark, electric-lit world.
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