Jim Sturgess

Jim Sturgess is set to star in Juan Diego Solana‘s sci-fi Upside Down, reports /Film. According to the site, the feature has been in development with Onyx films and Studio 37 for a while now. Initially Emile Hirsch was in talks to take on the lead role, but Production Weekly confirmed via Twitter that Sturgess will be taking it instead. Kirsten Dunst is also in negotiations for a role in the film, but there’s no word on whether or not she’s officially on board.

Check out the synopsis for Upside Down from the 2009 European Film Market Brochure:

Look up towards the sky and rub your eyes because you won’t believe what you see: cities, forests, and oceans with their own inverted gravity, only an arm’s length away, yet completely unreachable. Take a leap over to this alternate reality, two worlds – one above, one below? facing each other, and you’ll land in the extraordinary world of Upside Down. Adam is a seemingly ordinary guy in a very extraordinary universe. He lives humbly trying to make ends meet, but his romantic spirit holds on to the memory of a girl he met once upon a time from another world, an inverted affluent world with its own gravity, directly above but beyond reach… a girl named Eve. Their childhood flirtation becomes an impossible love. But when he catches a glimpse of grown?up Eve on television, nothing will get in the way of getting her back… Not even the law or science!

Sturgess is a great asset to this film as his past performance in Across the Universe proved his skill set. Regardless of what your feelings are about the Beatles-based movie, he was a shining star and did a beautiful job with his role. As for Ms. Dunst, we all know she has what it takes, but it’s up to her to use that amazing talent and remind us of how great she can be. This could turn out to be Solana’s big break if he manages to pull through with such an invigorating and magical plot.

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