owen wilson and salma hayek in Bliss

Owen Wilson and Salma Hayek will team for Amazon’s upcoming science fiction drama ‘Bliss’, to be written and directed by Mike Cahill.

The story follows recently divorced Greg (Wilson) who meets the enchanting Isabel (Hayek), a woman who lives on the streets and is convinced that the polluted, broken world around them is not real. She believes they are living in an ugly, harsh world simulation inside of the beautiful, peaceful “real” world of bliss. Doubtful at first, Greg eventually discovers there may be some truth to Isabel’s wild conspiracy theory.

‘Bliss’ will be produced by James D. Stern of Endgame Entertainment, with the company’s Lucas Smith executive producing, along with Marsha Swinton.


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Cahill previously directed and wrote two other dramatic sci-fi films, ‘Another Earth’ (co-written by Brit Marling), and ‘I Origin’.  Both were highly acclaimed and won multiple awards.  More recently, Cahill has been directing for TV, helming episodes of ‘The Magicians’, ‘The Path’, ‘Rise’, and ‘Nightflyers’.

Hayek and Wilson are both very well-known actors, and they will make ‘Bliss’ Cahill’s highest-profile film to date.

Hayek was nominated for an Academy Award in 2003 for her film ‘Frida’.  She made a splash in the 1990s in films like ‘Desperado’, ‘From Dusk Til Dawn’, and ‘Wild, Wild West’.  More recently, she has appeared in ‘Drunk Parents’, ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’, ‘How to be a Latin Lover’, ‘Gown-Ups’ and ‘Grown-Ups 2′.  She also had a recurring role on ’30 Rock’, and produced and recurred on ‘Ugly Betty’.

Wilson also debuted in the ’90s, in Wes Anderson’s ‘Bottle Rocket’.  He reteamed with Anderson for ‘The Royal Tenenbaums’, ‘The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou’, ‘The Darjeeling Limited’, ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’, and ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’.  He went on to become a comedy superstar in films such as ‘The Cable Guy’, ‘Shanghai Noon’ and its sequel ‘Shanghai Nights’, ‘Meet the Parents’, ‘Meet the Fockers’ and ‘Little Fockers’, ‘Zoolander’ and ‘Zoolander 2’, ‘Starsky & Hutch’, and ‘Wedding Crashers’.  He is also the voice of ‘Lightning McQueen’ in Disney’s popular ‘Cars’ franchise.  He will next be seen in another Anderson picture, ‘The French Dispatch’.

At this early point, there is no release date for ‘Bliss’.  It’s also unknown if it will be released in theaters or go straight to streaming.


Source: Deadline