In February it was announced that Kate Winslet, Matt Damon, Jude Law, Marion Cotillard, Gwyneth Paltrow and Laurence Fishburne had all signed up for Steven Soderbergh’s thriller Contagion, which follows an international team of doctors and scientists brought in by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) after an outbreak of a deadly virus. We haven’t heard anything about it since the casting, although Jude Law recently said that he will be shooting for 10 days at the end of the year.
Well today The Playlist got more details on the film, including details on who will be playing who. (Spoilers below)
Gwyneth Paltrow plays a character called Beth Emhoff who is struck down by a mysterious ailment during a Hong Kong flight, and her husband, Matt Damon, is is forced to care for his wife, and soon his step-son, as her condition worsens.
Laurence Fishburne plays Dr. Ellis Cheever, the head of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and Kate Winslet plays his colleague Dr. Erin Mears. Both are battling to find a cure for the disease, and Winslet’s character is sent to examine Gwyneth Paltrow at her home in Minnesota.
Marion Cotillard plays European doctor Leonora Orantes who works for the World Health Organization. She is also working on finding a cure and heads to Hong Kong to investigate what appears to be the genesis spot of the breakout.
And finally, Jude Law plays Alan Krumwiede, “a hungry, truthseeking blogger with an unfortunate interest in conspiracy theories”. His character is “responsible for spreading information about the disease, both true and false, around the world.”
My interest in Contagion first sparked after hearing the talent that had signed on, and I can now see why they did. As well as being an interesting thriller, there are many meaty roles to go around and it seems to be a true global affair (as deadly viruses usually are).
Scott Z. Burns (The Informant! and The Bourne Ultimatum) has written the script, which apparently is “terrifying”, and the film is scheduled to begin filming later this year for a 2011 release (no official release date has been set).