This is a great cast, but the metaphysical log line is … out there.Winston Duke (“Us,” “Black Panther”) is set to star in “Nine Days” with Zazie Beetz (“Deadpool 2”), Bill Skarsgård (“IT”), and Benedict Wong (“Doctor Strange”).
Duke will play an otherworldly recluse who interviews human souls — Beetz, Wong, and Skarsgård — for the privilege of being born.
The film is written and will be directed by Edson Oda, a commercial director who is making his feature film debut.
Oda has been nominated for a Latin Grammy and received a Gold Lion and three Bronze Lions at Cannes International Creativity Festival. He was also a Sundance Screenwriters Lab Fellow in 2017.
His sci-fi short film “Malaria,” in which a young mercenary is hired to kill Death, won a Special Jury Award at the Seattle International Film Festival.
The Brazilian-born director said he was “thrilled to be working with such an incredible cast and amazing team. So grateful for all the support I have received. ‘Nine Days’ is a very personal story to me, and I can’t imagine a better team to help me tell it.”
“This is one of the most beautiful and complex human stories we’ve been fortunate enough to be a part of, so eloquently spanning across cultures and vantage points, yet set in a world that we’ve never experienced before. Being able, to partake in creating something so wholly original, and facilitating the realization of Edson’s singular vision with the help of this outrageously talented cast and crew, is truly exciting,” said producers Jason Michael Berman of Mandalay Pictures and Mette-Marie Kongsved and Laura Turnstall of Nowhere.
Filming will begin this summer.
[Via Deadline, Variety]
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