John Cusack

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It may be the end of the world as we know it, but John Cusack will probably come out fine. If historic trajectories of broad-shouldered leading men are anything to go on, that is.

The veteran actor has signed on to star in Roland Emmerich's apocalyptic thriller 2012, a big-budget epic that takes place in the year determined by the Mayan calendar to be the end of human civilization.

Per Variety, the film, which also stars increasingly prolific British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, will revolve around both the cataclysmic end of modern-day civilization and, subsequently, the plight of the scant few survivors.

Shooting starts in Los Angeles in July, barring a strike by the Screen Actors Guild.

Or a preemptive end of days.

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