Jon Hamm (Mad Men) has joined the cast for the remake of THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, says the Hollywood Reporter. The actor will be starring alongside headliners Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly in this update of the 1951 Robert Wise-helmed classic. Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) is handling the directing duties, based on a screenplay from David Scarpa. Erwin Stoff and Paul Harris Boardman are producing the project for 20th Century Fox. The trade says that shooting began in Vancouver on December 12 and Hamm began shooting his scenes on Tuesday.
Hamm will play Dr. Granier, a NASA official who recruits Helen (Connelly) for the scientific team investigating an alien's arrival on Earth. Reeves plays Klaatu, the alien who has a simple message: Live in peace or be destroyed.
THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL will hit theaters Dec. 12, 2008.