Rachel Nichols is One of the '10 O'Clock People'

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The last time we heard from director Tom Holland's impending adaptation of Stephen King's short story, 'The 10 O'Clock People,' Justin Long was in negotiations to step into the leading role. Now, a month later, we've learned who will be playing the obligatory love interest: the lovely Rachel Nichols.

You may remember Nichols from 'GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra,' where she made firing an explosive crossbow while wearing skintight leather body armor look effortless. If not, you should definitely remember her from JJ Abrams' 'Star Trek,' where she took a roll in the hay with James T. Kirk while covered entirely in green body paint. TV fans may recognize her from 'Criminal Minds' or 'Continuum.' No one will recognize her from the new 'Conan the Barbarian' because no one saw it. Zing!

If the movie follows the original story (and we're going to go ahead and assume that it does), it'll be about a man (Long) who attempts to quit smoking and finds that the strange chemical balance in his body allows him see invisible-to-the-naked-eye creatures who have infiltrated our society. Nichols will play "...a woman who, like the man, can see a horrible aspect of reality, hidden in plain sight."

Despite the infamously mixed results that come from Stephen King adaptations, we have a good feeling about this one. Long and Nichols are more than solid performers and Holland has a stronger horror pedigree than most directors tackling a King project. 'The 10 O'Clock People' is set to start filming in September.

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