Zoe Saldana to Lead Rosemary’s Baby Miniseries

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Zoe Saldana has been chosen as the lead in NBC’s four-hour miniseries Rosemary’s Baby. The series isn’t a remake of the 1968 film, but rather another adaption of the 1967 best-selling novel by Ira Levin.

Rosemary’s Baby, for those who haven’t read the book or seen Polanski’s adaptation, is about a young couple who move into a sinister Manhattan apartment with a disturbing history. After the wife, Rosemary, finally gets pregnant, she begins to suspect that her husband and her strange neighbours may have some malevolent plans for her and her child. The setting for the mini-series has been changed to an apartment in Paris, France.

NBC’s head of long form Quinn Taylor spoke on their choice for the lead, saying, “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.”

The miniseries is to be directed by Agnieszka Holland, who, apart from earning acclaim with films like Europa Europa, The Secret Garden and In Darkness (a 2011 Oscar-nominee for Best Foreign Film), has more than earned her stripes in television. Holland has directed episodes of The Wire, Cold Case, The Killing, Burning Bush and Treme.

Production is set to begin shortly in Paris.