“He’s Got That Laser Focus”: Michael Pearce On Casting Riz Ahmed As A Marine In His Cosmic Road Movie ‘Encounter’ – Contenders London

“He’s Got That Laser Focus”: Michael Pearce On Casting Riz Ahmed As A Marine In His Cosmic Road Movie ‘Encounter’ – Contenders London
Riz Ahmed scored a worthy Oscar nomination earlier this year in Sound Of Metal as a heavy metal drummer stricken with hearing loss, and in the latest film by Beast director Michael Pearce he shows even more range. In Amazon’s Encounter he stars a Marine who sets out on a secret mission to save his two pre-teen sons (Lucian-River Chauhan and Aditya Geddada) from a mysterious alien threat. Octavia Spencer and Rory Cochrane also star, and Pearce directs from a screenplay he co-wrote with Joe Barton.

Speaking to Deadline’s Joe Utichi, Pearce explained that Encounter shares a great deal of DNA with his 2017 debut. “I wanted to continue what I started with Beast,” he said, “which was to take an antihero and do a sympathetic portrait of them by putting them inside a story engine that was amplified by genre. So I was reading a lot of scripts
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