Zoe Saldana has been cast in NBC’s new Rosemary’s Baby miniseries.
Based on the same 1967 Ira Levin novel, Saldana (Star Trek) will play the titular mother-to-be Rosemary who moves into a Paris apartment with her husband. She becomes increasingly aware that her husband and their nefarious neighbors harbor ulterior motives for the future of their unborn child. No word yet on further casting details such as Rosemary’s plotting husband or the witchy neighbors, but the miniseries will have a running time of four hours.
NBC greenlit the adaptation in December with James Wong (The X-Files, American Horror Story) and Scott Abbott (Introducing Dorothy Dandridge) penning the screenplay; Polish director, Agnieszka Holland – who has directed episodes of both The Wire and Treme for HBO – will be at the helm. Unlike the New York setting of film and novel, this version will be set in Europe, which will no doubt be a showcase for beautiful yet forbidding vistas.
NBC’s Quinn Taylor described Saldana as “one of our most gifted actresses… we think she has the perfect combination of spirit and gravitas to take on the title role.” And she has a busy 2014 ahead. Aside from this Saldana is also working on Guardians of the Galaxy, Avatar 2, and the upcoming Nina Simone bio pic.
With Wong and Abbott writing, a bankable and assured star, and an experienced television director working behind the scenes of this four-hour miniseries, will this new version of the perennial classic hold water? The ’68 version was written and directed by Roman Polanski and starred Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, and as the two neighbors, Sidney Blackmer and Ruth Gordon (in an Oscar-winning supporting role).
Take a look at the original trailer below: