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Mahershala Ali

Mahershala Ali, fresh from winning a second Oscar for Green Book last week, is set to star in sci-fi project Sovereign, produced by eOne and 21 Laps Entertainment’s Shawn Levy, Dan Levine and Dan Cohen.

eOne will also finance the film, which is directed by Marc Munden from a screenplay by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods (A Quiet Place). An original draft of the script was written by Greg Weidman and Geoff Tock, with revisions by Jack Thorne.

21 Laps Entertainment produced Netflix’s Stranger Things and Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival.

Three-time Bafta-winner Munden has worked on Hulu mini-series National Treasure, sci-fi TV series Utopia and C4/Amazon series Electric Dreams. He most recently directed The Secret Garden for Heyday Films and Studiocanal which is currently in post-production.

Nick Meyer, eOne’s president of film said: “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.”