EXCLUSIVE: Marsha Stephanie Blake and Arinzé Kene have joined Julia Hart’s Amazon feature I’m Your Woman opposite Rachel Brosnahan.
Hart co-wrote the project with her husband, Oscar-nominated producer Jordan Horowitz, who is also producing through their Original Headquarters production company. The story revolves around Jean Brosnahan who must go on the run with her child due to her husband's crimes. Their lives become intertwined with a man and a woman, forming an unlikely partnership that teaches them more than just how to survive. Production is slated to begin this season. Deadline exclusively broke the news about the project. Blake will play the role of Teri, and Kene the part of Cal.
Blake recently received her first Emmy nomination in the supporting actress limited series category for Ava DuVernay's Netflix series When They See Us, which counts 16 Primetime noms. Blake starred in three films which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival including Julius Onah's, Luce, opposite Octavia Spencer, the Spike Lee-produced, See You Yesterday and Goldie. Blake can be seen in recurring roles in the upcoming seasons of How To Get Away With Murder and This Is Us and will be featured in Steven Soderbergh’s Netflix film, The Laundromat, which recently made its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival. She is repped by Artists & Reps. Kene is a writer and performer whose most recent one man play, Misty, ran at the BushTheatre and transferred to the West End. He was nominated for two Olivier awards—Best Actor and Best New Play. Other recent stage roles include playing soul singing legend Sam Cooke in One Night in Miami at the Donmar Warehouse. Recent TV credits include PopTV / UKTV series Flack opposite Anna Paquin, E4/Netflix Original series Crazyhead and the BBC One adaptation of Andrea Levy’s novel The Long Song. Kene can currently be seen playing the lead role opposite Michaela Coel in Netflix's acquired feature film, Been So Long which premiered at the London Film Festival. He will soon be seen in American-British comedy film How to Build a Girl based upon the novel of the same name by Caitlin Moran. Kene is repped by Curtis Brown and WME.
Marvelous Mrs. Maisel‘s Rachel Brosnahan and In the Heights‘ Anthony Ramos are uniting for a sci-fi comedy from the fine folks at Amblin. The flick features a script from Spenser Cohen and follows an asteroid miner and a woman trapped in an escape pod. I, for one, am sick and tired of all these Hollywood movies about asteroid miners – there’s one every week! But maybe this one will be a cut above the rest.
Deadline has the scoop on Distant, a new sci-fi comedy from Amblin starring Rachel Brosnahan and Anthony Ramos. Here’s the synopsis:
Distant tells the story of an asteroid miner who, after crash-landing on an alien planet, must contend with the challenges of his new surroundings, while making his way across the harsh terrain to the only other survivor – a woman who is trapped in her escape pod.
Brian Kavanaugh-Jones Midnight Special, Fred Berger La La Land, and Anna Halberg Extinction are producing, and Will Speck and Josh Gordon will direct. The project was first announced with Ramos starring late last year, and now Brosnahan has come aboard. The film is the result of a spec script that Amblin put on the fast track, which means they’re pretty excited about this.
It would be nice to have an entertaining new sci-fi comedy. When’s the last great one you can remember – not counting stuff in the MCU, like the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, or Thor: Ragnarok? Attack the Block, perhaps? That was in 2011. The World’s End? That’s a 2013 film. In other words, it’s been a while, so maybe Distant will get things back on track.
Ramos and Brosnahan are both well-liked performers, with Brosnahan’s work on Maisel earning her acclaim and awards, and Ramos’s role on Broadway in Hamilton launching him into stardom, with the actor set to lead this year’s In the Heights.
There’s no release date set yet for Distant, so keep an eye out.
High school can be a battlefield, but rarely has that battlefield seemed so dangerous as it does in Amazon’s stylish Sundance drama Selah and The Spades. The feature film debut of writer/director Tayarisha Poe, Selah and The Spades follows a young girl who is chosen to be the protégé of the Queen Bee of an elite Pennsylvania boarding school, and discovers that she wasn’t the first to be given this dubious honor. Watch the Selah and The Spades trailer below.
Selah and The Spades Trailer
Amazon Studios has released the official trailer for Tayarisha Poe’s feature film debut, Selah and The Spades, a stylish high school drama set in the closed world of an elite Pennsylvania boarding school. In this exclusive world, the student body is run by five factions: The Spades, The Sea, The Skins, The Bobbies, and The Prefects. Commanding the top faction is the titular Selah Summers Love Simone, who decides to choose a young protégé to take her place upon graduation. But as that sophomore upstart Paloma Celeste O’Connor soon finds, it’s a treacherous path to the top.
Selah and The Spades seems like a teen drama in the tradition of Brick or Thoroughbreds — stylish, razor-sharp, and populated by very good-looking teens who all act like characters in a noir film. The cast of fresh faces playing those characters include Jharrel Jerome, Jesse Williams, Gina Torres, and Ana Mulvoy Ten.
Here is the synopsis for Selah and The Spades:
In the closed world of an elite Pennsylvania boarding school, Haldwell, the student body is run by five factions. Seventeen-year-old Selah Summers Lovie Simone runs the most dominant group, the Spades, with unshakable poise, as they cater to the most classic of vices and supply students with coveted, illegal alcohol and pills. Tensions between the factions escalate, and when Selah’s best friend/right hand Maxxie MOONLIGHT’s Jharrel Jerome becomes distracted by a new love, Selah takes on a protégée, enamored sophomore Paloma Celeste O’Connor, to whom she imparts her wisdom on ruling the school. But with graduation looming and Paloma proving an impressively quick study, Selah’s fears turn sinister as she grapples with losing the control by which she defines herself.
In her feature debut, writer/director Tayarisha Poe immerses us in a ened depiction of teenage politics. This searing character study encapsulates just how intoxicating power can be for a teenage girl who acutely feels the threat of being denied it. Exciting newcomer Lovie Simone’s performance beautifully embodies both Selah’s publicly impeccable command and the internal fears and uncertainty that drive it.
Selah and The Spades premieres on Amazon Prime Video April 17, 2020.