Get ready for Tobey Maguire, creepy post-apocalyptic scientist. 


Variety is reporting that the 37-year-old will produce and star in the screen adaptation of Robert C. O'Brien's acclaimed science fiction novel, "Z For Zachariah." The film focuses on a Midwestern teenager named Ann Burden, who survives nuclear war and nerve gas and lives alone in a small valley with a "self-contained weather system."


A "self-contained weather system" is now high on my list of things to attain before the apocalypse. 


Anyways, as with post-apocalyptic dramas, the threat isn't necessarily the environment, but the people. From the synopsis: 


"But the smoke from a distant campfire shatters Ann's solitude. Someone else is still alive and making his way toward the valley. Who is this man? What does he want? Can he be trusted? Both excited and terrified, Ann soon realizes there may be worse things than being the last person on Earth."


Maguire will play the role of a "scientist with a dark past," nursed back to health by Anna after drinking from a contaminated stream. 


You can catch Maguire next in a small role for the gorgeous-looking adventure movie "Life of Pi" and then in Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" in summer 2013. The actor also recently announced that he will produce a film in collaboration with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy focused on animal poachers


"Z For Zachariah" will reportedly start filming in early 2013.


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Tobey Maguire to star in post-apocalyptic drama
Tobey Maguire to start in post-apocalyptic drama. "Z for Zachariah" takes place in a world devastated by nuclear war.