She’s Gotta Have It star DeWanda Wise is staying in business with Netflix, as she’s in negotiations for the third female lead in the romantic comedy SOMEONE GREAT alongside Gina Rodriguez and Brittany Snow, the Tracking Board has exclusively learned.
Jennifer Kaytin Robinson (MTV’s Sweet/Vicious) is directing from her own screenplay. Rodriguez is producing via her I Can and I Will Productions banner along with Paul Feig and Jessie Henderson of Feigco Entertainment, and Anthony Bregman and Peter Cron of Likely Story.
Feigco’s Dan Magnante and Likely Story’s Stefanie Azpiazu will serve as executive producers alongside Kaytin Robinson, while I Can and I Will’s Emily Gipson will serve as a co-producer on the project.
Someone Great follows a young woman (Rodriguez) who suffers a devastating breakup and decides to seek adventure in New York City with her two best friends before she moves across the country for her dream job. The story explores love, loss, growing up, and above all, the everlasting bond of female friendship.
Wise is in negotiations to join Snow as one of Rodriguez’s best friends, and her deal is expected to close soon, as production is slated to start next week.
Wise had been in talks to join Brie Larson in Captain Marvel, but was forced to bow out of the project due to a scheduling issue with the second season of Netflix’s She’s Gotta Have It. Marvel movies are notoriously long shoots, so Wise couldn’t do both, though she will be able to wrap Someone Great before she’s needed on the set of SGHI — and since both are Netflix projects, it was easier for her to work out shooting dates.
Wise’s career has been on an upward trajectory for several years now. She started out with a supporting role in Dee Rees’ original Pariah short film before landing a recurring role on WGA America’s Underground. From there, she landed a key role on the Fox series Shots Fired and then the lead on She’s Gotta Have It. On the feature side, she starred in and executive produced the indie How to Tell You’re a Douchebag, and she has been busy filming Stella meghie’s comedy The Weekend with Tone Bell, Y’lan Noel and Sasheer Zamata.
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