Way back in January, fans were given quite the surprise when the gestating thriller that was known as both Valencia and The Cellar was re-titled 10 Cloverfield Lane, making it a part of J.J. Abrams‘ Cloverfield universe. Just a few weeks ago, it was revealed that another upcoming Paramount film, God Particle, is also a Cloverfield movie. But while the movie’s true identity was kept a secret from fans, it seems the truth was held from the cast as well. Here’s what God Particle star Gugu Mbatha-Raw had to say about hearing God Particle was a Cloverfield film.
“I actually have no idea. That is news to me. When I did the project it was a total standalone sci-fi, space thriller. So I couldn’t tell you how it’s connected. I don’t know if that’s just a rumor.”
While it’s possible that the actress was just playing coy in her interview with Screen Rant, there’s a very good chance that she had no clue about the Cloverfield connection. David Oyelowo teased last week that the movie is an “incredibly exciting and innovative piece of storytelling,” but he wouldn’t say how far ahead in advance that he know it was a Cloverfield movie. It isn’t known when the first trailer will be released, but Paramount did reveal footage during an event showcasing their upcoming film slate last month.
J.J. Abrams teased in February that Cloverfield 3 was already being planned, but no one expected the third movie in this franchise to be announced just a few months later. The movie centers on a team of astronauts who make a shocking discovery and end up fighting for survival in what is described as an altered reality. It remains to be seen how that shocking discovery will tie into 2008’s Cloverfield or this year’s 10 Cloverfield Lane.
The cast also includes David Oyelowo, Elizabeth Debicki, Daniel Bruhl, Ziyi Zhang, Chris O’Downd, Aksel Hennie and John Ortiz. Julius Onah (The Girl Is In Trouble) directs from a script by Doug Jung (Star Trek Beyond) and Oren Uziel (22 Jump Street). It hasn’t been confirmed when the first trailer for God Particle, a.k.a. Cloverfield 3 will arrive yet.