If you've been to see "Transformers," you noticed the very curious preview for a film only identified as "from J.J. Abrams." The preview shows a giant explosion in New York followed by deafening howls from an unidentified creature. The film is called "Cloverfield" and it revolves around a monster attack in New York. The film has been under super-heavy secrecy
. Casting involved calls to agents. No scripts were sent out, and people were merely asked if they wanted to be in a movie. Eventually a cast, made up mostly of relative unknowns, was put together; it includes Michael Stahl-David ("The Black Donnellys"), Odet Jasmin, Mike Vogel ("Supercross") and Lizzy Kaplan ("The Class"). The film is directed by Matt Reeves, who co-created "Felicity" with Abrams, and is written by Drew Goddard, who has worked with Abrams on "Lost" and "Alias." It releases January 18, 2008.