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HBO Max's Sci-Fi Rom-Com Moonshot Adds Big Names To Its Cast

HBO Max is working on a genre-blending film set on Mars — and the cast is steadily growing. Produced by New Line Cinema, "Moonshot," which is part science fiction and part romantic comedy, is written by Max Taxe (in what will be his first credit as a screenwriter), with Chris Winterbauer attached to direct (via Deadline). The film is set in a future in which Mars has been transformed to resemble earth and inhabited — but only by those deemed the very best of humanity. Seeking a reunion with their significant others, two college students join together to sneak aboard the space shuttle to make it to Mars.

In April, Deadline reported that "Moonshot" had found its two leads — "Riverdale" star Cole Sprouse and Lana Condor of Netflix's rom-com trilogy "To All the Boys I've Loved Before." Now, the cast has just gotten a bit bigger with the addition of a familiar face.

Zach Braff joins Moonshot

Per The Hollywood Reporter, writer-director Zach Braff has joined the cast of "Moonshot." Braff will play the "entrepreneur and visionary" behind the mission to colonize Mars; the name of his character is currently unknown. Braff, who gained prominence as an actor on "Scrubs" before venturing into directing, most recently appeared in 2020's "The Come Trail" alongside Robert De Niro and Morgan Freeman. His recent directorial endeavors include an episode of the Amazon Prime series "Solos," as well as an episode of the popular Apple TV+ show "Ted Lasso," the latter of which he just received an Emmy nomination for.

Several other supporting cast members have also been announced, including "Love, Victor" and "Euphoria" actor Lukas Gage and Emily Rudd of Netflix's recent "Fear Street" trilogy. The cast is rounded out by Sunita Deshpande ("Daredevil"), Davey Johnson ("Santiago"), and fellow "Love, Victor" actor Mason Gooding.

We can't wait to find out more about HBO Max's "Moonshot."