An upcoming Netflix sci-fi flick, starring Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, has found its leading lady. The as-yet-untitled film has garnered much buzz since attaching the two major movie stars, and the buzz around it is likely only going to continue to grow as more announcements are made.
Directing the film are frequent collaborators Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. They first broke onto the scene with the documentary Catfish (starring Schulman’s brother, Ned), which led to the MTV reality show of the same name. Since then, they’ve found popularity in the sci-fi world with films such as Paranormal Activity 3and 4, Nerve, and Viral. They’re also directing the upcoming film, Mega Man, based on the video game franchise. The script was written by Mattson Tomlin, a fairly unknown young Romanian filmmaker. Foxx and Gordon-Levitt were, until now, the only names attached to star.
Deadline reports Dominique Fishback has been cast as the female lead in Foxx and Gordon-Levitt’s untitled movie. Fishback began her career making appearances on popular series such as The Knick, The Americans, and Blue Bloods – but this has been a big year for her. She has already had one film released this year: Night Comes On, directed by Ozark star Jordana Spiro, and she has another film arriving in October – The Hate U Give, where she stars alongside an all-star cast including Regina Hall, Anthony Mackie, and Common. However, Fishback is likely best known for her major role on the James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal-led HBO series The Deuce.
Since little is known about the film, the focus is on the talent both behind and in front of the camera. Foxx has had a notably varied career, beginning in the world of comedy before nabbing high-profile dramatic roles that utilized his musical talents, such as Dreamgirls and Ray – the latter of which earned him an Academy Award. In recent years, he has taken on an interest starring in comic book fare, playing Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and, now, taking on the eponymous role in Todd McFarlane’s Spawn film. Levitt, of course, rose to fame at a young age on sci-fi comedy series 3rd Rock from the Sun and became well-known for his supporting roles in blockbusters like Inception and The Dark Knight Rises.
Behind the scenes, Screen Arcade is producing the film. Eric Newman and Bryan Unkeless have worked with Netflix in the past. Series Hemlock Grove and Narcosare both originals belonging to the streaming service, with the fourth season of the latter being released later this year. They’re also responsible for the Will Smith fantasy-crime flick Bright, which has a sequel in the works.