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Weruche Opia and India de Beaufort have joined Jason Momoa in Slumberland, Francis Lawrence’s take on the influential early 20th century comic strip by Winsor McCay.
Momoa is toplining the Netflix feature project that also has Kyle Chandler, Chris O’Dowd and relative newcomer Marlow Barkley in the cast.
Slumberland is inspired by McCay’s Little Nemo in Slumberland, considered an artistic masterpiece that defined the comic form when it ran in newspapers from 1905 to 1927. It centered on a boy named Nemo who had fantastical dreams that ended by the last panel.
The script by David Guion and Michael Handelman centers on a young girl (Barkley) who discovers a secret map to the dreamworld of Slumberland, and with the help of an eccentric outlaw (Momoa), she traverses through dreams and flees nightmares, with the hope that she will be granted one wish: to see her late father again.
According to sources, Opia is playing an agent of the subconscious chasing Momoa through Slumberland while De Beaufort is a counselor at the girl’s school.
The feature begins lensing this month in Toronto. Producing are Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping and David Ready for Chernin Entertainment. Lawrence is also producing. Cameron MacConomy is co-producing while Guion, Handelman and Ray Angelic are exec producing.
Opia, who was born in Nigeria, is best known for starring opposite Michaela Coel in HBO’s searing drama I May Destroy You. One of her earliest roles was a part in BBC series Bad Education. She is repped by Anonymous Content and U.K.’s Curtis Brown Group.
De Beaufort was most recently seen in TV’s One Day at a Time and Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. She also did a stint on Veep. She is repped by Gersh and Think Tank Management.
Barkley is repped by Lighthouse Management & Media, Kazarian/Measures, and Myman Greenspan.
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