Daniel Craig is in James Bond mode, running after alien body snatchers in Warner Bros.’ new suspense action-thriller “The Invasion.” Produced by Joel Silver, the edge-of-your-seat film also stars Nicole Kidman.
Based on Jack Finney’s 1955 classic novel The Body Snatchers, “The Invasion” explores the possibilities of a nearly imperceptible alien invasion that slips to the Earth on the hull of the space shuttle. When the shuttle cracks up in the atmosphere, the alien hijacker – which takes the form of a spore – becomes impossible to contain. And overnight – in their sleep – people begin to change, their body and minds given over to something markedly not human.
“The Invasion,” as adapted from the book by screenwriter David Kajganich, and directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, reflects the contemporary cultural issues stemming from fear of pandemic to social and political unrest. “It still has political overtones, but I think it's about how an insidious invasion like this could happen, how without us realizing it or being aware of it, it could just creep in and take over,” comments producer Joel Silver. “That was the most effective part of the material. David Kajganich wrote an original screenplay that really is fresh and takes the idea in a different light, and we did good service to that. I mean, the movie is thrilling and exciting; it's edge-of-your-seat, creepy entertainment. And I think those are the elements that it originally had and which we mined to make it work for today.”
Daniel Craig, who redefined the character of James Bond in “Casino Royale” after acclaimed roles in films like “Road to Perdition” and “Munich,” was familiar with the past incarnations of the Body Snatcher stories, also based on the classic book by Jack Finney, and notes that arteries of social and political issues run through the subtext of the action thriller.
In “The Invasion,” the first people to be transformed come from the seats of government in Washington and the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. “It’s exciting to find that we’re going through a time where political cinema is entertaining,” comments Craig. “You can entertain people and make them think, and it really boils down to that.”
Though he’d never before worked with Kidman or Hirschbiegel, Craig had an immediate affinity for the team behind “The Invasion.” “We wanted to make this experience as fun as possible,” says Craig.
Of his famous co-star, he says, “She’s incredibly down to earth, which sounds surprising. When you have such a big movie star as Nicole, you expect certain things. But she’s incredibly professional and makes my life very easy. She makes me laugh, and hopefully I make her laugh occasionally.”
Opening soon across the Philippines, “The Invasion” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.