Jeremy Renner has been cast in the sci-fi film drama Story of Your Life.

The Avengers actor will star alongside Amy Adams, with Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve taking over the reins.

Adams will play a linguist expert who is hired by the US military to engage with aliens who have landed on earth.

As she learns to communicate with the planet's new arrivals, she begins to experience vivid flashbacks that may reveal the purpose of the aliens' visit.

Renner is set to play a physics professor who gets paired with Adams' character.

Renner can next be seen in Avengers: Age of Ultron, which opens worldwide on May 1, and Mission: Impossible 5, which is released on July 31.