Nick Jonas is ready to walk the chaotic, post-apocalyptic world of best-selling author Patrick Ness.
Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow) directs the film, based on Ness’ popular young-adult novel series, which began in September 2008 with The Knife of Never Letting Go.
In this dystopia, New World, women have been killed off by a virus and the remaining males can hear each other’s thoughts through a maddening stream of conscious referred to as The Noise. Todd Hewitt (Holland), a young man who feels out of place within his town, discovers there is in fact a woman, Viola (Ridley) — and she may hold the key to unlocking the secrets of this society.
Jonas, who capped his role on Kingdom with the series finale on Aug. 2, continues to build up his acting resumé with FX’s Scream Queens, Goat, and the Jumanji sequel, Welcome to the Jungle. He’s now set to play Davy Prentiss Jr., the son of the story’s villain, Mayor Prentiss (Mads Mikkelsen). Davy is a young soldier who becomes jealous of the mentorship between his father and long-time rival Todd.
Demian Bichir and Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter recently joined the cast, as well.
Lionsgate acquired the film rights to the Chaos Walking books in 2011, and production is now scheduled to begin this summer. Charlie Kaufman worked with Ness, Lindsey Beer, Gary Spinelli, and John Lee Hancock to adapt the material for the screenplay.
Chaos Walking is scheduled to hit theaters on March 1, 2019.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.