Zazie Beetz, star of the FX series Atlanta and the upcoming Deadpool 2, is in talks to join Kristen Stewart in her Jean Seberg biopic AGAINST ALL ENEMIES. The film is directed by long-time stage director Benedict Andrews, who made his debut last year with Una, starring Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn.
UPDATED: Immediately after the report that Beetz was joining the Kristen Stewart film, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Beetz would also be joining Natalie Portman and Jon Hamm in Noah Hawley’s feature debut PALE BLUE DOT for Fox Searchlight.
Pale Blue Dot will keep both Beetz and Hawley in the Fox family, her appearing on the FX show Atlanta and he being the creator and exec. producer of Fargo, also on FX.
In Pale Blue Dot, Natalie Portman plays a married astronaut who returns to Earth after a mission and begins an affair with a fellow astronaut, played by Jon Hamm, as she loses connection to her family. Hamm’s astronaut then begins an affair with an astronaut trainee, which is the role Beetz would play if negotiations go through.
Pale Blue Dot was written by Brian C. Brown and Elliott DiGuiseppi, and its produced by Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea.
Kristen Stewart plays the role of Jean Seberg in Against All Enemies, which also stars Anthony Mackie, Jack O’Connell, Margaret Qualley and Colm Meaney. It’s based on a screenplay by Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse.
Seberg was an acclaimed actor who appeared in films like Saint Joan, Breathless and The Mouse That Roarded with Against All Enemies centering on the attempts by the FBI to discredit her through its Cointelpro program due to her supporting the Black Panther party. (Oddly, there’s another spec script out there called Cointelpro about this FBI program that was just acquired by David Ayer’s production company.) When Sebert died in 1979, it was deemed a suicide.
Against All Enemies is produced by Fred Berger and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones from Automatik (La La Land) with Kate Garwood, Stephen Hopkins and Andrew Levitas from Metalwork Pictures. Memento Films International is handling overseas sales with UTA and Endeavor Content handling North America.
Beetz is repped by the Gersh Agency, and she’s probably going to explode after playing Domino in the upcoming summer blockbuster Deadpool 2, which should lead to a recurring role in future Fox X-movies. Beetz first got attention for her role on the hit FX series Atlanta, also appearing on a few episodes of Joe Swanberg’s series Easy for Netflix. Beetz just finished production on Steven Soderbergh’s next film High Flying Bird, and she also just scored a supporting role in an Annapurna thriller from filmmaker Babak Anvari (Under the Shadow) starring Armie Hammer.
Clearly, Ms. Beetz is very much in demand right now, and we’ll have to see if the scheduling works out for both of the projects mentioned above and her previous obligations.
Beetz’s involvement with the project was first reported by Variety, while THR broke the story about her being in Pale Blue Dot.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor