The casting of four Marvel superheroes in ‘The Adam Project’ was a ‘strange coincidence’, says filmmaker Shawn Levy

Director Shawn Levy says it’s a “strange coincidence” to have four Hollywood stars, who also play Marvel superheroes, in his time-travel action film “The Adam Project”, his intention was simply to launch a group of great actors.

The upcoming sci-fi movie features Ryan Reynolds known for the ‘Deadpool’ films, Mark Ruffalo known as the Hulk from the original Avengers, Zoe Saldana as Gamora in the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ film franchise, and Jennifer Garner who played the role of Elektra in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“The Adam Project,” slated for release March 11 on Netflix, tips its hat to Robert Zemeckis’ “Back to the Future” movies in an almost “Home Alone” way.

The story follows a time-traveling pilot (Reynolds) who teams up with his younger self, played by Walker Scobell, and his late father (Ruffalo) to come to terms with his past while trying to save the future.

When asked what it takes to assemble such a star-studded cast, Levy told PTI in a Zoom interview from Los Angeles, “It’s a weird coincidence that I chose four Marvel superheroes, that was not the intention. I tried to cast four great actors.”

The director said the film, written by Jonathan Tropper, TS Nowlin, Jennifer Flackett and Mark Levin, had a “central idea so resonant and emotional” that everyone said yes immediately.

“Ryan and I joined at the same time. Then we went to see Mark, Zoe and Jen, and everyone said yes, because everyone agreed that this movie would be fun and an escape adventure, but that it would also be resonant and moving. We don’t “I don’t get to do a lot of films that are both spectacular and emotional. Most movies are one or the other, and this movie gave us all the chance to do both,” Levy added.

The 53-year-old filmmaker, whose directing credits include ‘Night at the Museum’, ‘Real Steel’, ‘Stranger Things’ and ‘Free Guy’, says the lure of time travel continues so that he draws from the “human collective”. want to go back.”

“Time travel fascinates us because even though it is an intellectual notion, it is fundamentally charged with emotion because it plays with the only rule of human existence over which we are powerless. Time is linear, it only allows us to move forward but we have a collective human desire to go back. I think it literalizes a fantasy and that’s why it’s such a sticky concept,” he explained. .

With all the chic and futuristic setting, “The Adam Project” has an “emotional” core that is really the beating heart of the story, the Canadian director said.

“Life is a fleeting moment and the relationships we have with our family… We think of them as eternal, but they’re not. And so the film really reminds us to say the words that are close to our hearts because you can not always able to say them and you will regret it forever, if you don’t. This is a very emotional and deep reality of human existence.

“The Adam Project” also marks Levy’s reunion with Reynolds, following the 2021 action-comedy film “Free Guy,” and he hopes this “creative brotherhood” will continue with more diverse stories. A “Free Guy” sequel is already in development with Reynolds also attached to return.

“I love this brotherhood with Ryan Reynolds. We went from ‘Free Guy’ to ‘The Adam Project’, both stories were incredibly satisfying to tell. This is part of a creative sisterhood project that will continue and hopefully result in an eclectic range of tones and stories,” he added.

Levy also teased the upcoming fourth season of the sci-fi horror drama series “Stranger Things,” which he directs and produces.

The new chapter will be split into two volumes and will be released on May 27 and July 1, 2022.

The director said that “the cinematic scope of season four is incomparable to any previous season”.

“It’s cinema and cinematic scale beyond anything we’ve attempted,” he shared.

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