Oscar winner Charlize Theron (Monster) has signed on to co-star with Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises) in The Road, an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's bestselling novel. Theron will play the wife of Mortensen.
The story centers on a man who embarks on a nightmarish road trip after a nuclear explosion in an attempt to transport his son to safety while fending off a horde of blood-thirsty cannibals. John Hillcoat (The Proposition) is directing from a screenplay by Joe Penhall. Dimension, the genre arm of The Weinstein Company, is distributing.
Shooting is scheduled for next month.