Katherine Waterston Joins Sean Penn & Tye Sheridan in ‘Black Flies’ – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Fantastic Beasts franchise star Katherine Waterston embarks on the drama thriller black flies opposite 2x Oscar winner Sean Penn and Tye Sheridan.

Deadline first told you about the project, directed by Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire, when Open Road Films acquired the US rights to the picture at EFM 2021.

Based on the novel by Shannon Burke, black flies follows the paramedics who save our lives – and the toll it takes on theirs. It’s a compelling look at life on the street and a medic’s struggle to save his desire to help, despite his growing fear that nothing he can do will make a difference. It is the story of lives at stake and the choices of two men who sit in the middle. Ollie Cross (Sheridan) is ready to do good. In preparation for his dream of studying medicine, he takes to the streets in an ambulance next to Rutkovsky (Penn), a gray-haired veteran and one of New York’s top medics. Ryan King and Ben Mack Brown adjust for the big screen.

There are cameras in New York City. The film is being produced under the banner of Sculptor Media, together with Force Majeure, the creative production division of James Masciello and Projected Picture Works. FilmNation Entertainment handles international sales. Producers are Warren Goz for Sculptor Media, Eric Gold for Sculptor Media, Christopher Kopp, Lucan Toh; Penn, John Ira Palmer and John Wildermuth for Projected Picture Works. EPs include Luke Rodgers, Sheridan, James Masciello, Matthew Sidari and Tom Ortenberg.

Goz told Deadline: “We’re so excited to have Katherine on board” black fliesblack flies is an authentic story about the impact of a first responder’s work on their personal lives. We’ve put together a cast of some of the best actors in the world to portray this important story. Katherine’s incredible body of work in playing the most authentic roles makes her the perfect match for black flies

Upcoming for Waterston is Paramount’s Damien Chazelle feature Babylon and HBO’s Season 2 Perry Mason. She recently reprized her role as Tina Goldstein in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore which has raised more than $332 million in WW and the Harry Potter spin-off trilogy to $1.8 billion. She got great reviews in Bleecker Street’s period romance the world to come opposite Casey Affleck and Vanessa Kirby, which had its world premiere in Venice. She also starred in the limited HBO series last year The third day. Other feature credits include Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant grossing over $240 million WW, Jonah Hill’s mid 90s, Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs, Read take woodstock and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice who won the Robert Altman award at the Film Independent Spirit Awards in 2015. Waterston also starred on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. She is represented by UTA, 42, Silver Lining Entertainment and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller, Gellman, Meigs & Fox.

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