Rebecca Thomas
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Rebecca Thomas, one of two people to direct an episode of Netflix’s hit paranormal/sci-fi series ‘Stranger Things’ other than series creators The Duffer Brothers, has signed on to direct the upcoming sci-fi film ‘Intelligent Life.’

The premise of the film, written by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly (with additional post-script writing work by Jay Roach), is centered around an employee of the United Nations tasked with extraterrestrial communications work who makes contact with a “beautiful woman who may be an alien,” according to reported descriptions.  The film at one point had Lupita Nyong’o attached to star with Ava DuVernay directing, but neither currently remain in place.

Thomas has other big-screen directorial projects in the works: she is directing the live-action version of ‘The Little Mermaid’ that’s being produced by Universal, as well as helming the upcoming ‘Looking for Alaska,’ the cinematic adaptation of the John Green book of the same name.  She will also direct another sci-fi film, ‘Malignant,’ for Fox, and made her big-screen debut with the 2012 independent film ‘Electrick Children.’

In a statement, Trevorrow and Amblin Entertainment producer Frank Marshall said:

“Rebecca beautifully captured the alienation we often feel amongst our fellow humans in her first feature. We can’t wait to see her explore those themes further in a story about our place in the universe.”

No release date information yet exists for ‘Intelligent Life.’