The filming of Zoe Saldaña-starrer ‘The Bluff’ is set to start in Australia on an undisclosed date. Set on a Caribbean island in the 1800s, the action movie revolves around Ercell (Saldaña), a retired pirate whose secret past is revealed when her island gets invaded by vicious buccaneers. Ercell then sets out to defend her land and people from vicious invaders seeking retributive justice for her past sins.
Frank E. Flowers is directing the film based on a screenplay he wrote with Joe Ballarini (‘A Babysitter’s Guide To Monster Hunting’). Flowers is a distinguished Caymanian independent filmmaker and screenwriter who is recognized for his award-winning 2003 short film ‘Swallow’ and the 2004 feature ‘Haven,’ which also features Saldaña. ‘Haven’ holds the distinction of being the first feature film entirely shot on the island of Grand Cayman. Flowers also collaborated with director Sean Ellis to write ‘Metro Manila,’ a film that received the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival in the World Cinema – Dramatic category and a BAFTA nomination, in addition to securing several British Independent Film Awards.
Flowers co-wrote ‘Shooting Stars,’ a biographical drama that delves into the teenage years of basketball legend LeBron James for Universal Studios. Produced by James, his partner Maverick Carter, and Academy Award nominees Rachel and Terence Winter, the film highlights the writer-director’s versatility. Furthermore, Flowers co-wrote Reinaldo Marcus Green’s ‘Bob Marley: One Love,’ set to be released by Paramount Pictures on February 14, 2024.
Saldaña is currently engaged in the production of ‘Avatar 4.’ She completed filming Jacques Audiard’s ‘Emilia Perez,’ also starring Edgar Ramírez and Selena Gomez. The actress’ recent credits include Joe in Paramount+’s ‘Special Ops: Lioness’ and Gamora in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.’ Saldaña also headlines the cast of her husband Marco Perego’s directorial ‘The Absence of Eden,’ which premiered at the 2023 Taormina Film Festival.
The project marks Saldaña’s reunion with Anthony and Joe Russo since ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame.’ The Russos produce the film along with Mike Larocca and Angela Russo-Otstot for AGBO and Zoe, Mariel, and Cisely Saldaña for Cinestar.
Originally slated for Netflix, the project encountered an unexplained lack of progress, prompting its re-entry into the market at the EFM in Berlin. During a competitive bidding round, Prime Video secured the rights. Australia, the principal location of the movie, has recently provided the scenic backdrop for ‘Anyone But You’ and ‘The Artful Dodger.’
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