Carrie Coon’s steady slide into sci-fi territory — including a surprise role in this week’s “Avengers: Infinity War” — appears to be continuing apace, thanks to an intriguing new role in the sci-fi action thriller, “Kin.” The film is the feature directorial debut of brothers Jonathan and Josh Baker, based on their short film “Bag Man,” which debuted at SXSW in 2015. (Curious? You can watch the short in full on its official website, but it might just give away more of the plot of “Kin” than you’d like.)
The film follows a young teenager (Myles Truitt) and his adopted brother (Jack Reynor), who are forced to go on the lam when a baddie criminal (James Franco), along with a pack of federal agents (including Coon!), and what’s billed as “otherworldly soldiers” start chasing after them. What’s all the fuss? A mysterious weapon that the brothers possess, one that might not be entirely of this world. The feature will expand out the short’s concept, adding in Reynor’s big brother character, along with Dennis Quaid as the pair’s father and Zoe Kravitz as a stranger who joins up with their cause.
Lionsgate picked up the rights to the film at last year’s Toronto Film Festival, when the ambitious feature was just in scripting stages. Screenwriter Daniel Casey wrote the script, and he’s got sci-fi chops to spare: he did an uncredited rewrite on “10 Cloverfield Lane” and is also working on Chad Stahelski’s “Kill or Be Killed,” reportedly about a murderous demon.
Check out the first trailer for “Kin” below.
“Kin” will be in theaters on August 31.