The Weinstein Co. and GreeneStreet Films have signed Jessica Alba (Fantastic Four, Sin City) and Hayden Christensen ("Star Wars" prequels) to star in psychological thriller Awake, reports Variety.
The two companies are co-financing the film, which will be the directorial debut of Joby Harold, who also wrote the script.
The story focuses on a man (Christensen) who suffers "anesthetic awareness" and finds himself awake and aware, but paralyzed, during surgery. His young wife (Alba) must wrestle with her own demons as a drama unfolds around them.
"This film will do to surgery what 'Jaws' did to swimming in the ocean," promised producer Joana Vicente.
The film is scheduled to begin shooting in October in New York.