Michael Costigan will produce the project under his COTA Films banner, having recently worked with Johnson on A Bigger Splash. Mehta’s producing partner Nimitt Mankad will also be involved in a producing capacity.
Sony had no comment, while representatives for Johnson did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The GQ article follows the Green Angels, a high-end weed delivery service that hired models to work as drug dealers. The group operated for nearly a decade without being busted, all while growing into a multi-million dollar operation.
Johnson is poised to star as the Green Angels’ founder — a blonde, blue-eyed ex-model known as Honey who also happens to be Mormon. According to the article, she makes a profit of nearly $27,000 a week thanks to, in part, celebrity clients such as Justin Bieber, Jimmy Fallon, Peaches and FKA Twigs. As for Rihanna, she gets hooked up for free in the hopes that she’ll endorse the Green Angels’ products if weed is ever legalized nationwide.
Mehta is an NYU professor who spent months embedded with the Green Angels at their headquarters, tagging along with the models on their delivery routes.
Johnson recently wrapped a remake of Suspiria and has Fifty Shades Freed coming out next year. She’s also set to star in the Brett Ratner-produced courtroom drama Unfit, as first reported by the Tracking Board. Johnson is represented by WME.
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