Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Actress Zoe Saldana is set to play the lead role in the upcoming remake of “Rosemary’s Baby,” based on Ira Levin’s 1967 horror novel, NBC announced Wednesday.
Saldana is to play Rosemary Woodhouse, the young wife who follows her husband to live in a mysterious apartment in Paris. The plot thickens as Rosemary gets suspicious that her neighbors and her own husband have dark plans for the child she is to conceive.
Of the 35-year-old actress’ new role, NBC Entertainment’s Quinn Taylor said, “Zoe has proven that she is one of our most gifted actresses and we think she has the perfect combination of spirit and gravitas to take on the title role from Ira Levin’s infamous novel.”
Rising to stardom in the 2000 dance film “Center Stage,” Saldana’s credits also include lead roles in “Avatar,” “Star Trek” and “Colombiana.” She has also starred in 2003′s “Pirates of the Caribbean: The curse of the Black Pearl,” and is set to appear in James Gunn’s upcoming film “Guardians of the Galaxy” and the 3D animated film “Book of Life.”
“Rosemary’s Baby” is a four-hour mini-series to be directed by Agnieszka Holland, and written by James Wong and Scott Abbott. Production is slated to begin this month in Paris.
Meanwhile, the role of Rosemary was previously played by Mia Farrow in the 1968 film adaptation written and directed by lauded filmmaker Roman Polanski.