Irish filmmaker begins casting his sci-fi thriller.

According to Baz Bamigboye over at The Daily Mail, Liev Schreiber (‘Goon’), Sally Hawkins (‘Happy-Go-Lucky’) and Romola Garai (‘Atonement’) have all signed on to star in Irish filmmaker Ruairi Robinson’s sci-fi ‘The Last Days on Mars.’

The official synopsis:

“As their last day on Mars draws to a close, the astronaut crew is on the verge of a major breakthrough – collected rock specimens reveal microscopic evidence of life. Meanwhile, communication is underway with AURORA, the approaching spacecraft that will relieve the crew of their operations. In their last hours on the planet, two astronauts go back to SITE 9, a cavernous valley on the surface of Mars, to collect further evidence of their discovery. But a routine excavation turns deadly when one of them falls to his death and his body taken host and re-animated by the very life form they sought to discover.”

Principal photography is scheduled to kick off mid-July on locations in the UK and Jordan. Focus Features International and Qwerty Films will co-produce.