Steven Spielberg considering Ben Whishaw for Robopocalypse

Anne Hathaway is in the frame for the female lead

The casting rumours surrounding Steven Spielberg’s forthcoming sci-fi spectacular Robopocalypse are coming thick and fast, with Ben Whishaw the latest name supposedly on the Beard’s wish list.

The film is based on the book of the same name by Daniel H Wilson, which is set in a future where a malign artificial intelligence assumes control over a global network of machines that regulate everything from transportation to defence.

Spielberg is apparently keen on Whishaw to play the role of Lurker, a hacker who becomes key to the human resistance movement. Chris Hemsworth is already thought to be circling the male lead.

Meanwhile, Spielberg is also thought to be keen on Anne Hathaway to star opposite Hemsworth, with Deadline reporting that the actress is in early talks concerning the role. Sounds like box office potential to us.

Former Fox head honcho Tom Rothman has come on board as producer, while Drew Goddard has set about adapting the script from Wilson’s novel. Robopocalypse will open in the UK on 25 April 2014.

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