James McAvoy (“X-Men: Days of Future Past”) will star in the romantic thriller “Submergence” . Wim Wenders (“The State of Things,” “Wings of Desire”) will direct, with shooting to kick off in March in Europe and Africa.

Lila 9th Productions and Backup Media will produce the film which is based on J.M. Ledgard’s 2011 novel of the same name which was ranked second in New York Magazine’s The Best Ten Books of 2013.

The story focusses on two lovers, immersed in life or death situations and separated by thousands of miles, who find solace in memories of their intense romance the previous Christmas following a chance encounter on a beach on the Atlantic coast. One is enduring captivity by jihadist fighters in Somalia while the other is exploring the greatest depths of the ocean floor from her submersible.

Source: Variety