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Zoe Saldana to star in NBC's 'Rosemary's Baby'

1/8/2014
Zoe Saldana to star in NBC's 'Rosemary's Baby' © WENN / Zoe Saldana Zoe Saldana to star in NBC's 'Rosemary's Baby'

By Tim Kenneally
TheWrap

Zoe Saldana has been cast to star in NBC's upcoming miniseries "Rosemary's Baby," the network said Wednesday.

Saldana will play the role of Rosemary in the four-hour miniseries. In the NBC version of the story, would-be mother Rosemary and her husband move into a Paris apartment with a darkly storied past. After Rosemary becomes pregnant, she begins to suspect that her husband and neighbors have ulterior motives about the future of her child.

The miniseries is being adapted from Ira Levin's 1967 novel, with "Treme" director Agnieszka Holland handling directing duties, and Scott Abbott ("Winchell") and James Wong ("American Horror Story") directing. Production will begin shortly in Paris.

"Zoe has proven that she is one of our most gifted actresses and we think she has the perfect combination of spirit and gravitas to take on the title role from Ira Levin's infamous novel,"NBC Entertainment executive vice president, movies, miniseries and international co-productions Quinn Taylor said. "With Zoe leading the cast under the direction of Agnieszka Holland, this reimagined event mini-series is off to a great start."

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Acclaimed director Agnieszka Holland, who has been nominated for both an Oscar ("Europa, Europa") and an Emmy Award ("Treme"), will direct. Scott Abbott ("Introducing Dorothy Dandridge," "Winchell") and James Wong ("American Horror Story") are writing the screenplay. Production is set to begin shortly in Paris, where the story is now set.

Saldana has a lengthy film career, including a co-starring turn in the biggest box-office hit of all time, "Avatar." She has been nominated by the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. and Washington, D.C., Film Critics Assn. for her role in 2009's "Star Trek" reboot. She is an ALMA Award winner for "Colombiana" and earned BET and Image Award nominations for "The Losers" and "Avatar."

She recently appeared in the Christian Bale drama "Out of the Furnace" and upcoming projects include Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Blood Ties" and the animated film "The Book of Life."

"Zoe has proven that she is one of our most gifted actresses and we think she has the perfect combination of spirit and gravitas to take on the title role from Ira Levin's infamous novel," said Quinn Taylor, Executive Vice President, Movies, Miniseries and International Co-Productions, NBC Entertainment. "With Zoe leading the cast under the direction of Agnieszka Holland, this reimagined event mini-series is off to a great start."

Acclaimed director Agnieszka Holland, who has been nominated for both an Oscar ("Europa, Europa") and an Emmy Award ("Treme"), will direct. Scott Abbott ("Introducing Dorothy Dandridge," "Winchell") and James Wong ("American Horror Story") are writing the screenplay. Production is set to begin shortly in Paris, where the story is now set.

"Rosemary's Baby" will be produced by Lionsgate Television. Joshua Maurer, Alix Witlin and David Stern are executive producing with Zoe Saldana, Cisely Saldana and Mariel Saldana producing.

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