Fresh off working with Netflix on the romantic comedy Someone Great and the animated series Carmen Sandiego, Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez is set to star in the streamer’s post-apocalyptic thriller Awake, Collider has learned.
In Awake, a sudden global event wipes out all electronics and takes away humankind’s ability to sleep. As chaos begins to consume the world, only Jill (Rodriguez), an ex-solider with a troubled past, holds the key to a cure — her own daughter, Matilda. Can Jill save the world and her daughter before she loses her mind?
Mark Raso (Kodachrome) is set to direct from a script he co-wrote with his brother, Joseph Raso, as well as Greg Poirer. The Raso siblings will also executive produce along with Rodriguez. Awake hails from production company eOne and will likely debut on Netflix at some point next year.
Paul Schiff (Rushmore) will produce Awake, which will also be executive produced by Mark Gordon, Josh Phillips, Matt Jackson, Greg Poirier and Whitney Brown. Joanne Lee will serve as a co-executive producer. Production is expected to start later this summer.
Best known for her beloved turn on Jane the Virgin, Rodriguez most recently starred in Sony’s English-language remake of the 2011 crime drama Miss Bala. She can currently be seen in the well-reviewed Netflix rom-com Someone Great, which co-stars Brittany Snow, DeWanda Wise and Lakeith Stanfield. Netflix picked up a second season of Carmen Sandiego back in February, but there’s no word on when it will debut on the streaming service. Rodriguez is also set to reprise the fedora-clad character in a live-action film for Netflix.
Since her breakout success with Jane, Rodriguez has made it a point to pay it forward, as her production company I Can and I Will Productions has numerous projects in development around town that hail from female writers and storytellers of color. The newly-married actress is represented by CAA.
Mark Raso most recently directed the Ed Harris–Jason Sudeikis drama Kodachrome, which Netflix acquired out of the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. His first film, Copenhagen, won Slamdance in 2014. He’s repped by UTA and Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment.