April 14, 2010 at 03:21 PM EDT

Image Credit: Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty ImagesSouth African actor Sharlto Copley, who played a human mutating into an alien in last summer’s District 9, could be an alien disguised in a human body in I Am Number Four, an upcoming Michael Bay production from Dreamworks. According to The Hollywood Reporter‘s Heat Vision blog, Copley is in talks to play the adult guardian of a group of aliens who escape their doomed planet and hide out on Earth, pretending to be human teenagers.

Sound a bit like Superman’s mythology? Well, Al Gough and Miles Millar, the duo that created TV’s Smallville, wrote the script, based on an upcoming book coauthored by James Frey. (Yes, Oprah’s James Frey.) Bay and Steven Spielberg are producing, and D.J. Caruso (Eagle Eye) is directing.

What a fascinating blend of creative DNA. Smallville, Bay, Frey… oh my. Throw in the eminently watchable Copley and Number Four rockets up near the top of my favorite in-the-works projects.

What do you find most intriguing about this film? (It’s James Frey, isn’t it?)

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