Taking in a stop-over before continuing his adventures in Pandora, Sam Worthington has been cast in The Shack, an adaptation of William P. Young’s spiritual novel.

The story follows a family man, grief stricken by his daughter’s death, as he receives a note inviting him to an abandoned shack. He (perhaps unwisely) accepts the note’s authenticity and heads to the shack, finding something inside which will change his life.

Octavia Spencer will be co-starring with Worthington and British director Stuart Hazeldine (who previously made the taut British thriller Exam) will be in the director’s chair. This adaptation is far less star-studded than the last mooted version – Forest Whitaker had been rumoured to be writing, directing and starring with Idris Elba and Oprah Winfrey as recently as last year.

Distributor Lionsgate will be hoping to capitalise on the recent success in the States of Christian-based films like Heaven is for Real and God’s Not Dead, as well as the enduring popularity of the book which has sold over 19 million copies worldwide.

Filming on The Shack is set to start this Spring so we can probably expect it late 2015/early 2016.

Sources: Variety, Fansshare (images)