Thomas McCarthy joins cast of Roland Emmerich’s 2012.

Thomas McCarthy, the director of acclaimed film ‘The Station Agent’ and this week’s new release, ‘The Visitor’, has joined the cast of Roland Emmerich’s latest end-of-the-world epic, ‘2012’.

McCarthy – who started life as an actor, and who can be seen in the likes of ‘Syriana, Baby Mama’ and Peter Jackson’s forthcoming ‘The Lovely Bones’ – will play the boyfriend of Amanda Peet’s character (who’s the ex-wife of the movie’s hero, John Cusack) in the disaster movie, which focuses on a disparate group of characters as the world endures a series of disasters in 2012, the year when the Mayans predicted that the world would end.

“As an actor, I’ve never worked on anything with this scale before, and I always go see these movies,” McCarthy told reporters. “And then there’s the director part of me. I get really excited about working with directors like this, who do things that are so wildly different from me. And he [Emmerich] really is. He works on a totally different canvas.”

Other cast members for the sci-fi thriller include John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Danny Glover and Oliver Platt

Filming on 2012 is set to begin in Vancouver this August, for a release next year.

‘The Vistor’, the McCarthy helmed pic,  is in Irish cinemas Friday.