After finishing filming on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, it looks like Zoe Saldana will be heading back to Earth for a more low-key project. Deadline reports that the Avatar actress will be headlining NBC’s four episode miniseries “Rosemary’s Baby,” which is based on Ira Levin’s best-selling 1967 novel. Director Roman Polanski famously adapted the novel into a film of the same name that has gone on to be a touchstone in horror cinema and a huge influence on countless filmmakers since its release in the late 1960s.
The story follows Rosemary, a pregnant wife who moves into a Parisian apartment with her husband and soon begins to grow suspicious that he and their new neighbors have horrifying plans for her unborn child. Lionsgate TV will begin production in Paris soon, but an air date for the miniseries hasn’t been released yet.
Scott Abbott (Introducing Dorothy Dandridge) and James Wong (“American Horror Story”) will write the screenplay, and THR points out that director Agnieszka Holland has been nominated for both an Oscar (Europa, Europa) and an Emmy (Treme), so Saldana should be in good hands with the behind-the-scenes talent. She’s proven herself to be capable of handling a wide range of roles over her career (she’s solid in a quiet performance in Out of the Furnace, and excels in a more bombastic way in Avatar), and this will be her first foray into straight horror; I think she has just the right mixture of innocence and gravitas to pull this off, so my only hope is that the writers are able come up with some tense, uneasy stuff that’s comparable to the source material to fill that four-hour runtime.
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