Steven Soderbergh already secured Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Marion Cotillard for his sci-fi outing, but he's adding more star power by signing up Gwyneth Paltrow too, according to several online sources.

Contagion is a thriller about a worst case scenario viral outbreak and the attempts to contain it. The film is not yet in full production, but is expected to be later this year, with an anticipated release sometime in 2011. Deadline Hollywood reports that Warner Bros. just beat out several other studios for the rights to distribute.

Soderbergh (The Girlfriend Experience, Oceans 11) is directing and co-producing along with Gregory Jacobs, who has worked with Soderbergh on several films. Also co-producing are Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher, who have worked on several projects together, including Erin Brockovich, Extraordinary Measures). The screenplay was written by Scott Z. Burns (The Informant!, The Bourne Ultimatum). Participant Media is involved with funding the anticipated $60 million budget.

Between the acting creds and the X factor, it's probably one of the prettiest casts in an apocalyptic film in a long time. And Participant has a reputation for backing provocatively smart scripts, so this is looking like a sci-fi film to follow.
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