The 54-year-old actress is said to have joined the cast of the upcoming Netflix spy thriller alongside Mark Wahlberg, with ‘Safe House’ writer David Guggenheim handling the script.
According to Collider, Berry will take the lead with Wahlberg, who is also serving as producer with his longtime collaborator Steph Levinson.
As it stands, the project still doesn’t have a confirmed director, although the report notes that the streaming platform could already have its eye on someone without finalising a deal yet.
And as reported by Deadline, the movie – despite its New Jersey setting – will actually be filmed in London early in 2022.
Although plot details are being kept secret for now, the upcoming blockbuster has been described as a spy movie skin to the ‘James Bond’ franchise with a “blue-collar lead”.
This isn’t the first Netflix project Berry has signed up for, as the company recently acquired her directorial debut ‘Bruised’, which will be released later this year.
She has also signed up to star in upcoming sci-fi movie ‘The Mothership’.
The story follows Sara Morse (Berry) a year after her husband mysteriously vanished from their rural farm. But when she discovers a strange, extra-terrestrial object underneath their home, Sara and her kids set off on a race to find their husband, father and most importantly, the truth.
Oscar-nominated screenwriter Matthew Charman will make his feature directorial debut and has also written the script.
Fred Berger and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones are producing the film under their Automatik banner. Danny Stillman will serve as an executive producer alongside Berry .
She previously played Bond girl Jinx Johnson in the 2002 007 film ‘Die Another Day’ and claimed that studios were too scared to make a spin-off based on the NSA agent, with MGM put off by the $80 million price tag despite Bond bosses Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson lobbying for her to get her own movie.
She said: “It was very disappointing.
“It was ahead of its time. Nobody was ready to sink that kind of money into a black female action star. They just weren’t sure of its value. That’s where we were then.”