Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
A busy 2016 behind her (appearing in 3 feature films and episodes of 2 TV series), actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw looks to also have an active 2017, co-starring in at least 2 high profile features - one of them being the much-anticipated "Untitled Cloverfield Anthology Movie" with David Oyelowo, directed by Julius Onah, making his Hollywood studio feature film directorial debut.
She also features in Ava DuVernay's "A Wrinkle in Time" film adaptation which is currently in production, with a 2018 premiere scheduled.
Ms. Mbatha-Raw has added to her production slate, booking the starring in a drama-thriller titled “Fast Color” which hails from “La La Land” producer Jordan Horowitz and “Jackie” producers Mickey Liddell and Pete Shilaimon.
Julia Hart, who made her feature directorial debut with 2016 dramedy "Miss Stevens" starring Lily Rabe, is attached to direct "Fast Color" from a screenplay she co-wrote with Horowitz.
The intriguing tale centers on a woman (played by Mbatha-Raw) who is forced to go on the run when her superhuman abilities are discovered, eventually returning to the home and family she abandoned many years prior, where she hopes to be able to hide. No other plot details are available at this time.
“This is exactly the kind of movie I want to see in the theater – three generations of strong women finding their power,” Liddell said. “Gugu and Julia are extraordinary talents and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with them both on this special project.”
The LD Entertainment and Original Headquarters project is scheduled to begin filming in New Mexico on March 13, with LD fully financing the project.
No other casting announcements have been made at this time. A 2018 premiere date is eyed.
Mbatha-Raw will next be seen opposite Emma Watson in Disney's Fantasy, Musical “Beauty and the Beast” which will be in theaters in March. Meanwhile Paramount’s Mystery/Sci-Fi "Untitled Cloverfield Anthology Movie" - which we previously knew as “God Particle" - is set for an October 2017 release.
Mbatha-Raw is represented by CAA, Authentic Talent and Literary Management, and the U.K.-based Curtis Brown Group.