January 08, 2014 2:16pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Zoe Saldana to Star in NBC's 'Rosemary's Baby' Remake
NBC has found its leading lady for Rosemary's Baby.
Zoe Saldana will star as Rosemary in the network's four-hour miniseries, NBC announced Wednesday.
The four-hour miniseries is based on author Ira Levin's classic 1967 horror novel of the same name, with production set to begin this month in Paris.
Saldana will play Rosemary, the iconic young wife and would-be mother who, with her husband, moves into a Paris apartment that has a darkly storied past. After finally getting pregnant, she becomes increasingly suspicious that both her husband and their mysterious neighbors have ulterior motives about the future of her child.
Saldana's credits include Avatar and Star Trek. She won an ALMA Award for her work in Colombiana as well as BET and Image Award noms for The Losers and Jim Cameron's Avatar. SHe recently appeared in Out of the Furnace and next has Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, Blood Ties and animated film The Book of Life.
The mini hails from Lionsgate TV, with Joshua Maurer, Alix Witlin and David Stern on board to executive produce. Scott Abbott (Introducing Dorothy Dandridge) and James Wong (American Horror Story) will write the screenplay, while Agnieszka Holland, who has been nominated for both an Oscar (Europa, Europa) and an Emmy (Treme), will direct.
“Zoe has proven that she is one of our most gifted actresses and we think she has the perfect combination of spirit and gravitas to take on the title role from Ira Levin’s infamous novel,” said Quinn Taylor, executive vp movies, miniseries and international co-productions at NBC Entertainment. “With Zoe leading the cast under the direction of Agnieszka Holland, this reimagined event miniseries is off to a great start.”
Saldana's casting comes shortly after the actress' Cinestar Productions banner partnered with Lionsgate's Pantelion for a first-look development deal to create content for Hispanic audiences.
Saldana is repped by ICM and Morris Yorn.