LOS ANGELES—Some are convinced that the Mayan calendar foretells the end of the world in 2012. What if it’s wrong? What if the end is even closer than we realized? How would humanity react if it know that its days were literally measured in days; five, to be exact?

Such is the premise of The Countdown, award-winning director Brad Armstrong’s latest epic from Wicked Pictures, which begins shooting next week in and aroundLos Angeles. 

As The Countdown unfolds, we learn that a group of fringe astronomers have been monitoring a rogue asteroid. They have discovered that Vesta (the 2nd largest asteroid in the solar system) has fallen out of its regular orbit due to a collision with several other objects in space. It’s the size of Arizona and weighs 300,000 metric tons. And it’s hurtling towards earth at approximately 220,000 miles per hour. Should it reach our planet, life as we know it will end. 

With this fascinating concept in place, the film's compelling story follows several groups of people as they spend their final days preparing for the inevitable. From the president and his cabinet to the everyday man on the street, everyone prepares for "The End" in different ways. Some with courage, some with fear, and others with unexpected humor. 

Armstrong has secured a high-powered cast for his latest couples-oriented production, with Wicked contract superstars Jessical Drake, Kaylani Lei and Alektra Blue sharing the screen with 2011 AVN Best Actress India Summer and such other acclaimed performers as Misty Stone, Dana DeArmond, Lezley Zen, Seth Gamble, Michael Vegas, Bill Bailey, Jack Lawrence, Jason Johnson, Derrick Pierce, Xander Corvus, Rocco Reed, Tyler Knight, Randy Spears, Hal M, Jack Vegas and Frank B.

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