Just over a week after being hit with a “Do Not Work” order from SAG-AFTRA, the Michael Bay-produced pandemic thriller Songbird has begun building its cast with the additions of Riverdale star KJ Apa and Feel the Beat ‘s Sofia Carson, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Though some plot details are still being kept under the wraps, the film is said to be set two years in the future during a pandemic lockdown and follows the love story between motorbike courier Nico (Apa), who has a rare immunity to the disease, and Sara (Carson), a young artist. Nico “ overcome martial law, murderous vigilantes and a powerful, well connected family, helmed by a matriarch who will stop at nothing to protect her family and maintain her way of life. ”
In addition to Apa and Carson, the call sheet for the film is said to feature an ensemble cast that includes Demi Moore ( Corporate Animals ), Bradley Whitford ( Godzilla: King of the Monsters ), Craig Robinson ( What We Do in the Shadows ), Jenna Ortega ( Elena of Avalor ), Paul Walter Hauser ( Da 5 Bloods ) and Peter Stormare ( American Gods ).
Adam Goodman and Andrew Sugerman’s Invisible Narratives are financing the project while Catchlight Studios is attached to produce. The film is one of the first to go into production in Los Angeles as the real pandemic lockdown is slowly being lifted and the imposition of new safety restrictions make it possible for Hollywood to start slowly resume filming.
Bay is producing alongside Goodman and Eben Davidson of Invisible Narratives. Adam Mason ( Into the Dark ) will direct from a script by Simon Boyes.