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Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who stars opposite Will Smith in Concussion, is in final negotiations to join Jessica Chastain in Miss Sloane, the gun-control drama being made by FilmNation and EuropaCorp.
The project, which is being directed by John Madden, is in casting mode and just added Michael Stuhlbarg on Friday. Alison Pill is also on the call sheet.
The script, penned by Jonathan Perera, tells of Elizabeth Sloane, a political fixer with an abused and abusive past who takes on Washington’s well-oiled gun lobby to pass gun legislation. The story is set in motion when new legislation requiring more stringent background checks for gun ownership gains traction in Congress. Sloane is approached to spearhead the campaign, quickly finding herself pit against the formidable power of her political opponents. Deploying her notorious skills, and driven by a desire to win at all costs, she jeopardizes those closest to her, and puts her own career at risk.
Mbatha-Raw will play a gun-control lobbyist with a secret.
Ben Browning will produce for FilmNation and Patrick Chu will be the executive producer.
The English actress next stars opposite Matthew McConaughey in Free State of Jones, the Civil War drama written and directed by Gary Ross that STX is releasing May 13, and she has a plum role in Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast, which doesn’t open until 2018.
Mbatha-Raw is repped by CAA, Authentic Talent and Literary and the U.K.’s Curtis Brown Group.