Mark Ponderai directing.

Screen Daily has learned that Abigail Breslin, who will next be seen starring in Gavin Hood’s ‘Ender’s Game,’ has nabbed the lead role in the sci-fi/horror thriller ‘Peste.’

Based on Barbara Marshall’s 2012 Black List screenplay, the plot revolves around a 16 year-old girl who world is turned upside down as a terrifying virus turns her friends and neighbours into vicious monsters. Quarantined with her family, she believes they are out of harm’s way until the contagion infiltrates their home.

Production is set for early September with Mark Tonderai (‘House At The End Of The Street’) directing.