John Cusack in 2012 May 20, 2008 Cusack signs on to Roland Emmerich’s apocalyptic thriller. John Cusack has signed on to topline Roland Emmerich’s apocalyptic thriller ‘2012’. Chiwetel Ejiofor is also in talks to join the big-budget epic, whose title refers to the end days of human civilization as foretold by the ancient Mayan calendar. The Story kicks off with a global cataclysm, which brings an end to the world as we know it, and chronicles the heroic struggle of the survivors. Emmerich and Harald Kloser penned the screenplay with shooting due to start in July, barring a Screen Actors Guild strike. EXTRAs:Cuasack tested for the role of Madmartigan in Willow (1988) but lost to Val Kilmer.