Earlier this year, Tom DeLonge doubled down on his public love of aliens by revealed plans to direct a sci-fi film, Strange Times, about a group of ne’er-do-well skater punks from San Diego who decide to start investigating weird paranormal activity in their town.

Now DeLonge has announced Jack Samson of Zodiac and Lizze Broadway of Bones will be playing the lead roles, after a lengthy casting process.

“There were more than 3000 casting submissions for the film, but Jack and Lizze immediately stood out,” says DeLonge. “They’re incredibly talented actors who each bring a unique energy and perspective to the film. We were blown away watching them bring Charlie and Alli to life.”

Earlier this year, DeLonge explained the concept of his directorial debut.

“I grew up in Southern California as a disaffected young skateboarder who broke the occasional law or five”, DeLonge said. “I was always dreaming about the world around me, obsessively looking for the more unusual and imaginative experiences that life has to offer.

“That’s the inspiration behind Strange Times which is about the tribe of broken youth and the restless spirit that inspired me to form Blink-182 and seek out adventure.”

No release date has been set; it is early days still.

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