Two-time Academy Award-winning actor Mahershala Ali is set to star in a new sci-fi film project titled Sovereign which Entertainment One will produce alongside 21 Laps Entertainment’s Shawn Levy, Dan Levine and Dan Cohen. The trio recently produced the Netflix sensation Stranger Things as well as the Academy Award and BAFTA-nominated Arrival.
Marc Munden (Hulu’s National Treasure, Utopia, Electric Dreams, upcoming The Secret Garden) will direct Sovereign from a screenplay by A Quiet Place writers Scott Beck and Bryan Woods. An original draft of the script was written by Greg Weidman and Geoff Tock, with revisions by Jack Thorne. eOne will also finance the film.
The logline for the sci-fi project is currently being kept under wraps.
“We have long loved this project and have been patiently waiting until we found the right leading actor, which we no doubt have found in the incredibly talented Mahershala Ali,” stated Nick Meyer, eOne’s President of Film. “The cast is clearly shaping up well and is backed by a creative team with a proven track record and the ability to tell a story that will resonate with audiences around the world.”
“Much like our film Arrival, this project is for us a dream pairing of an inspired screenplay with a truly visionary director. Marc Munden has been an exceptional collaborator in shaping this singular story into one that jumps off the page and with the phenomenally talented Mahershala Ali at the heart of this film, we feel we now have the dream creative partners to tell a story that audiences won’t forget,” stated Shawn Levy, Dan Levine and Dan Cohen of 21 Laps Entertainment.
Ali won the Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his portrayal of Dr. Don Shirley in the Oscar-winning film Green Book, for which he also received the BAFTA, SAG and Golden Globe award. In 2017, Ali won the Academy Award and SAG Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting role for his performance in Moonlight and was also nominated that year for a BAFTA and Golden Globe Award for the film. Ali’s credits also include House of Cards, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and the recently-concluded True Detective Season 3.