Kate McKinnon to star in Andrew Stanton’s sci-fi film In the Blink of an Eye.

Kate McKinnon is ready to go into space.

The former Saturday Night Live contestant will star in Searchlight’s sci-fi epic In the Blink of an Eye from WALL•E director Andrew Stanton, TheWrap has confirmed.

The script, included in the top 25 of the “Black List” in 2016, was written by Colby Day. At the time, the project was described as exploring “the entire history of the universe and our species through three intertwined storylines that question the very nature of life, love, mortality, where we have been and where we are going; past, present and future of humanity. Other projects that were on this list include Liz Hannah’s “The Post” by Steven Spielberg; “O2”, produced as “Oxygen” by French director Alexandre Azha for Netflix; and Free Guy, created with Ryan Reynolds.

While details are being kept under wraps, the original script featured characters from three different time periods – a Neanderthal family, a woman in the present day, and a genetically engineered character in the distant future. From there we jump further and further into the future. Yes, it’s enough to bring to mind both Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 A Space Odyssey and similarly structured sci-fi films released much later, such as The Fountain and Cloud Atlas.

McKinnon has been nominated for 10 Emmy Awards and won two for her work on Saturday Night Live, where she was one of the longest running cast members. On the film front, she has starred in films such as The Sisters (with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler), the all-female Ghostbusters, Danny Boyle’s Yesterday, The Bombshell, and The Bubble. She previously worked alongside Stanton on the 2016 blockbuster sequel Finding Dory.

Stanton is, of course, a Pixar stalwart (he was the second animator they’ve ever hired) and director of WALL•E, Finding Nemo, Finding Dory and the live-action movie John Carter. He has also directed episodes of Stranger Things, Better Call Saul, For All Mankind, and most recently co-wrote two episodes of the Disney+ Star Wars series Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Jared Ian Goldman is producing and Day will be executive producing. Senior Vice President of Production Taylor Friedman and Creative Director Apolline Berti oversee Searchlight Pictures.

Deadline was the first to report it.

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