After stepping out as a stylish, super-powered supervillain in the recent first trailerfor Hobbs & Shaw, we’re now getting another high-profile role for Golden Globe-winner Idris Elba. The multi-hyphenate talent is reportedly in negotiations to star in Deeper, a supernatural sci-fi thriller in the works at MGMMax Landis (Bright) wrote the script, from which Baltasar Kormakur (2 Guns) will direct.

Should the deal close, Elba’s casting in the lead role is the next necessary step to getting Deeper into production in earnest. MGM dropped a seven-figure sum for the script a few years back. Elba would play the part of a disgraced astronaut who journeys into a newly discovered oceanic trench on a deep-sea dive, only to find himself facing a sinister and dangerous force. While the tone of Deeper has been compared to that of Gravity and The Martian, it sounds an awful lot more like Event Horizon meets The Abyss.

Previously Bradley Cooper and Gal Gadot were attached to star with Kornel Mundruczo (White God) directing, but each of them stepped away from the project for various reasons, forcing MGM to either scrap it entirely or rebuild. With Elba now anchoring the deep-sea story, hopefully a new cast can be built around him. He’ll next be seen in Hobbs & Shaw this August, followed by Cats this December. As for DeeperDavid GoyerKevin TurenRussell AckermanJohn Schoenfelder and Landis are producing the project.