More casting has also been announced for Roland Emmerich’s return to the high stakes, sci-fi disaster genre: Moonfall.

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It seems that UK travel restrictions have cost Stanley Tucci his place in Roland Emmerich’s soon-to-shoot Moonfall. It’s a big-budget sci-fi disaster flick that is set to explore how a rag-tag bunch of heroes work together to save the Earth when an unknown force knocks the moon out of orbit and sends it hurtling towards our planet.

With Tucci being unable to join filming due to current restrictions placed upon the UK (where Tucci lives), Michael Peńa has instead been cast in Tucci’s role.

Further casting has also been announced for the project, with Carolina Bartczak, Maxim Roy and Stephen Bogaert joining Halle Berry, Patrick Wilson, John Bradley, Eme Ikwuakor, Charlie Plummer and Donald Sutherland, according to Deadline.

Moonfall is set to hit cinemas in 2022 and marks Emmerich’s first return to the sci-fi disaster genre since 2016’s Independence Day: Resurgence. With a $150m budget and no studio backing, Moonfall is set to be one of the most expensive independent productions of all time. AGC Entertainment is distributing internationally. We’ll bring you more news on the status of the film as we hear it.

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