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Mahershala Ali in "Sovereign" – Variety



After winning his second Oscar, Mahershala Ali joined the independent science fiction film "Sovereign".

Entertainment One will perform alongside Shawn Levy, Dan Levine and Dan Cohen from 21 Laps Entertainment. The trio recently released Netflix's "Stranger Things" and the sci-fi feature "Arrival".

Marc Munden will lead the project from a screenplay written by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, authors of "A Quiet Place." Greg Weidman and Geoff Tock wrote an original draft of the script, with revisions by Jack Thorne. eOne will also finance the film.

The logline of the science fiction project is currently kept secret.

"We have loved this project for a long time and are patiently waiting to find the right lead actor, which we have undoubtedly found in the incredible talent of Mahershala Ali," said Nick Meyer, president of the film's EOne, in a statement. "The actors are well prepared and supported by a creative team with a proven track record and the ability to tell a story that will resonate with audiences around the world."

Ali won an Oscar for supporting his performance of Dr. Don Shirley in "Green Book". He won the same honor two years ago for "Moonlight" as a dealer.

Munden won three BAFTA awards for television with credits on "National Treasure", "Utopia" and "Electric Dreams". He recently directed "The Secret Garden" for HeyDay Films and Studio Canal, currently in post-production.

Recent films by Weidman and Tock include the television series "Zoo" and "Limitless". Thorne wrote the award-winning piece at the Tony Awards "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" as well as the films "Wonder" and "The Secret Garden".

Ali is relaunched by WME, Anonymous Content and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern. Munden is relaunched by WME and Independent Talent Group. Beck and Woods are reconnected by ICM and Anonymous Content partners. Weidman and Tock are replaced by WME and Grandview. Thorne is replaced by UTA and Casarotto Ramsay & Associates.


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