Zazie Beetz & Kate Mara To Star In ‘The Dutchman’ Movie Adaptation
Amidst the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes film and television news has been few and far between as actors and writers fight for fair wages. However, a few projects have been able to land interim agreements as independent studios agree to the terms of the strikes. One of these projects, as first reported by Deadline, is an adaptation of the award-winning stage play The Dutchman with Zazie Beetz and Kate Mara already attached to star.
The two multitalented stars will join Passing star André Holland and cinematic icon Stephen McKinley Henderson in the film’s cast. Andre Gaines (The One and Only Dick Gregory) will direct the feature with a script he penned alongside Qasim Basir (Destined). Production will begin next week in New York City.
Set on a New York subway, The Dutchman follows an encounter between a successful Black man and a mysterious white woman who match wits in a metaphorical game of cat and mouse that ultimately meets a violent conclusion. The original play was written by African-American playwright Amiri Baraka, then known as LeRoi Jones, and was first presented at the Cherry Lane Theatre in March 1964.
Zazie Beetz is one of the most prolific actors in recent years thanks to memorable roles in hit TV shows like Atlanta and blockbusters like Joker and Deadpool 2. Up next, Beetz is set to return to the DC universe alongside Joaquin Phoenix and Lady Gaga in Joker: Folie à Deux. Meanwhile, Kate is no stranger to the superhero genre in her own right after portraying Sue Storm in 2015’s Fantastic Four. Most recently, Mara led the cast of FX’s Class of ’09 alongside Brian Tyree Henry.
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