Downey Witherspoon for Days Before February 18, 2009 Reese Witherspoon and Robert Downey Jr. to Fight Aliens in “The Day Before”. Robert Downey Jr and Reese Witherspoon are in talks to star in science fiction movie The Days Before. The plots follows a race of aliens who travel back in time and invade Earth in an attempt to wipe out the human race. Downey will play a man who must stay one step ahead of the time-travelling extraterrestrials to warn the world of their imminent arrival. Witherspoon’s role is unknown at this point, though the actress recently voiced her desire to star in an action movie. Timur Bekmambetov, the director behind last summer’s Wanted is attached to the project.