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Sandra Bullock and Susanne Bier unite for Bird Box thriller

Sandra Bullock in The Proposal

Story by Jack Foley

SANDRA Bullock is set to star in Netflix’s post-apocalyptic thriller Bird Box for Danish director Susanne Bier.

Based on a 2014 novel by Josh Malerman, the action takes place in the near future, where a mother (played by Bullock) and her two young children are among a small group of survivors after a mysterious alien force has driven the world’s population to deadly violence.

The trio must make their way on a terrifying journey – 20 miles in a rowboat, to be exact – while blindfolded. To complicate matters further, they have nothing to rely on but the mother’s wits and the children’s trained ears.

The film will be based on a screenplay written by Eric Heisserer of sci-fi stunner Arrival fame.

Bird Box is the latest Netflix film to enlist an A-list star, following Brad Pitt in War Machine and Will Smith in the upcoming sci-fi cop pic Bright.

It’s also notable for having attracted two Oscar winners in Bullock and Bier, the latter who won in the foreign-language category for In A Better World, while Bullock took home the best actress Academy Award for The Blind Side). Heisserer was also a nominee for Arrival.

Bier is also adept at English-language films, having directed the Jake Gyllenhaal-Natalie Portman starrer Brothers and Halle Berry’s Things We Lost In The Fire. She also directed the critically-acclaimed and award-winning BBC mini-series The Night Manager.

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