Morena Baccarin has landed a beast of a role…
The 40-year-old Brazilian actress has been cast as the lead in Rakuten and The H Collective’s survival thriller Beast for Oscar nominated Kon-Tiki co-director Espen Sandberg.
Beastis the first film under the Rakuten H Collective Studio joint venture that was launched last August. Principal photography will begin in late March in New Zealand.
The story is based on Aaron W Sala’s script, and is described as the hard-hitting tale of a woman who survives a plane crash and is stranded on a seemingly deserted island in the South Pacific. She must fight to get back to her children, face her inner demons and a real threat of unimaginable proportions.
Sandberg, whose credits also include Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,says Beastmerges horror, thriller, action and dramatic elements, with a strong female lead and important theme.
It’s “a story about a woman that is forced to break out of her victim mentality by finding her inner strength and courage to fight for herself and reclaim her life.”
Baccarin, who has starred in Homeland and the Deadpool franchise, is currently in post-production on the STX thriller Greenland for director Ric Roman Waugh and starring Gerard Butler; and The Good House opposite Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline for Amblin Partners. She recently joined the cast of Season 2 of Twilight Zone for CBS All Access alongside Billy Porter, Jenna Elfman and Gillian Jacobs.