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Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt make advance booking for Passengers

Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt are in early talks to take the lead role in Passengers, the science fiction romance linked to the Oscar-nominated Norwegian director of The Imitation Game, Morten Tyldum.

Variety reports that Lawrence has received an offer for the female lead, a role which was previously being considered by Reese Witherspoon and Rachel McAdams. The Wrap broke the news that Pratt, the breakout male star of 2014 following standout turns in Guardians of the Galaxy and The Lego Movie, is being eyed for the male lead. It is understood the 35-year-old actor also has an offer in place.

Passengers centres on a space traveller on a voyage to a distant planet taking place many years in the future who unexpectedly awakens from cryogenic sleep almost a century too early. Bereft of company, he decides to awaken a female fellow passenger, leading to an unexpected romance.

Passengers will hope to echo the huge box office success of recent space dramas like Interstellar and Gravity – the latter was also the recipient of seven Oscars last year.

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