Michael Stahl-David, Lizzy Caplan and Jessica Lucas in Cloverfield by Sam Emerson/Paramount Pictures Michael Stahl-David, Lizzy Caplan and Jessica Lucas in Cloverfield by Sam Emerson/Paramount Pictures

Looking for clues about Cloverfield, Lost executive producer J.J. Abrams' latest hush-hush project, which hits theaters Jan. 18? You're not alone. TV Guide spoke with director Matt Reeves - who collaborated with childhood buddy Abrams on TV's Felicity - and he coughed up a few details about the movie. For one, unlike Lost, the film will present a clear look at its creature. "It pays off. At the end of the day, you see everything," Reeves promises of the New York City-smashing beast. "It's a new monster, and it's enormous."

Audiences should also be on the lookout for an in-joke reference to Slusho, a drink first referred to on Abrams' Alias. But perhaps the biggest twist is the decision to use all relative unknowns in the cast (including CSI newbie Jessica Lucas), which ruled out a rumored cameo by Heroes' Greg Grunberg, who has appeared in many of longtime pal Abrams' previous projects. "I wish I could tell you that Greg was in the movie, but unfortunately, he's not," Reeves says. "We thought people would be too familiar with him." Guess everybody doesn't need a hero. - Shawna Malcom