Gugu Mbatha-Raw to Star In Thriller ‘Fast Color’ For ‘La La Land,’ ‘Jackie’ Producers

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Jim Smeal/BEI/Shutterstock (5358092ab)Gugu Mbatha-Raw 'Concussion' film premiere, AFI Fest, Los Angeles, America - 10 Nov 2015
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Jim Smeal/BEI/Shutterstock (5358092ab)Gugu Mbatha-Raw ‘Concussion’ film premiere, AFI Fest, Los Angeles, America – 10 Nov 2015

Gugu Mbatha-Raw will star in thriller “Fast Color” for “La La Land” producer Jordan Horowitz via Original Headquarters and “Jackie” producers Mickey Liddell and Pete Shilaimon via LD Entertainment.

“Miss Stevens” director Julia Hart is on board to helm from a screenplay she wrote with Horowitz. Principal photography will commence in New Mexico on March 13. LD is fully financing the project.

Mbatha-Raw will portray a woman forced to go on the run when her superhuman abilities are discovered. Years after having abandoned her family, the only place she has left to hide is home.

“This is exactly the kind of movie I want to see in the theater – three generations of strong women finding their power,” Liddell said. “Gugu and Julia are extraordinary talents and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with them both on this special project.”

Mbatha-Raw will next be seen opposite Emma Watson in “Beauty and the Beast” and will star in Paramount’s upcoming Cloverfield movie, formerly called “God Particle.” She’s in production on Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” directed by Ava DuVernay, and stars in “Miss Sloane,” alongside Jessica Chastain and Mark Strong.

Mbatha-Raw also stars in the “San Junipero” episode of Netflix’s “Black Mirror.” Her earlier films include “Concussion,” “Free State of Jones,” “Belle,” and “Beyond the Lights.”

Hart’s “Miss Stevens” premiered at last year’s SXSW Festival, where star Lily Rabe won the festival’s special jury prize for best actress. Her debut script “The Keeping Room” landed on the 2012 Black List and was made into a feature starring Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld, and Sam Worthington.

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SOURCE: Variety – Dave McNary