Two acting heavyweights are joining Netflix's upcoming movie Otherhood. Patricia Arquette and Angela Bassett are both on the cusp of boarding the project.
A Female-Fronted Dream Team
The upcoming movie is courtesy of Sex and the City writer Cindy Chupack, who's stepping into the directorial chair for her very first feature. Arquette and Bassett are both in talks to star in leading roles.
Otherhood is based on the 2008 book Whatever Makes You Happy by William Sutcliffe. The movie, a romantic comedy of sorts, will reportedly follow three suburban mothers who show up to their sons' New York City homes unannounced, disrupting their otherwise pleasant lives.
Production will start in New York on June 11, once the third leading role has been cast, and will run for five weeks.
Chupack, who also worked on Modern Family, co-wrote the script with Mark Andrus, who penned the Jack Nicholson classic rom-com As Good As It Gets. Jason Michael Berman will produce for Mandalay Pictures, with Cathy Shulman for Welle Entertainment.
Shulman, who is also the head of Women In Film, worked on the comedy megahit Bad Moms, so she's in good standing here. Both Arquette and Bassett are also expected to take executive producer credits.
A Couple Of Bonafide Legends
The two women are highly respected actresses and have both worked extensively in both film and television. Arquette won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in Boyhood recently. She called for better female representation in Hollywood during her speech.
Arquette also nabbed an Emmy for her leading role in the long-running drama series Medium. She is a supporter of the #MeToo movement and has been a vocal proponent of the fledgling campaign.
Bassett, meanwhile, has been nominated for multiple Emmys over the years, as well as an Oscar for What's Love Got To Do With It. She's currently starring in Fox's 9-1-1. She has also received numerous Image Awards.
Bassett recently poked fun at her Oscar loss on an episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. When a fan remarked that she was robbed, Bassett enthusiastically replied that she agreed wholeheartedly.
Next up for Arquette is Showtime limited series Escape at Dannemora, which is directed by Ben Stiller. Bassett last appeared in Marvel's juggernaut, Black Panther. She'll be up against a very different hero in the form of Tom Cruise, in action sequel Mission: Impossible Fallout, later this summer.