According to Deadline, Golden Globe winner Angela Bassett has officially signed on to star opposite Millie Bobby Brown in Netflix’s upcoming fantasy film Damsel. Bassett is set to portray the role of Lady Bayford, the stepmother to Brown’s Princess Elodie.
This marks the acclaimed actress’ latest collaboration with the streaming following last year’s action thriller film Gunpowder Milkshake. She is also working with Netflix again on the upcoming stop-motion animated dark comedy film Wendell and Wild, led by Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. Bassett will also next be seen in Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, reprising her role as Ramonda.
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Damsel will be directed by Oscar-nominated Spanish filmmaker Juan Carlos Fresnadillo from a screenplay written by Wrath of the Titans scribe Dan Mazeau. In addition to starring, Brown is also expected to serve as an executive producer through her PCMA Productions banner along with Zack Roth, Chris Castaldi, and Mazeau. Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum have also boarded the project as producers.
“It will center around a young princess with a fierce warrior spirit named Princess Elodie, as she finds herself in an arranged marriage with their rival kingdom’s Prince Henry,” reads the synopsis. “However, her situation gets more complicated when she learns that their rival kingdom has a despicable harvest season tradition of sacrificing their princess to a hungry dragon. Now, Elodie must fight off the dragon for her survival.”
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Millie Bobby Brown gained worldwide recognition for her breakthrough role as Eleven in Netflix’s hit sci-fi series Stranger Things which earned the young actress her first Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. She will once again reprise the role in the long-awaited final two seasons.