Actress circles sci-fi role. Heat Vision has learned that Reese Witherspoon is in “early talks” to take the female lead in the Jon Spaiht-penned sci-fi tale ‘Passengers.’ With Keanu Reeves long attached to headline, the film is set aboard a spacecraft transporting thousands of people to a distant colony planet and revolves around Reeves’ character who, during the centuries-long interstellar voyage, is prematurely thawed from a cryogenic slumber 90 years before anyone else. Faced with the prospect of growing old and dying alone, he, in turn, awakens a beautiful woman. Irish helmer Brian Kirk (‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Boardwalk Empire’) is on board to direct with filming to take place in Montreal later this year. Reeves and his Company Films partner Stephen Hamel are producing, along with Ben Browning and Michael Maher of Wayfare Entertainment.