Category: Troupe Zero

Viola Davis, Allison Janney heading to New Orleans for Amazon’s ‘Troupe Zero’ shared that Viola will be filming her new film Troupe Zero this summer in New Orleans.

Gary Oldman and Brie Larson apparently won’t be the only Oscar-winning actors filming in New Orleans this summer. So will Allison Janney (a 2018 Oscar winner for “I, Tonya”) and Viola Davis (a 2017 Oscar winner for “Fences”), both of whom have reportedly joined the local cast of the Amazon-backed feature “Troupe Zero.”

According to Deadline, Janney and Davis join a cast that also includes actor and comic Jim Gaffigan (“Chappaquiddick”) and 12-year-old actress McKenna Grace (“Fuller House,” “Designated Survivor”).

“Troupe Zero” will be based on a screenplay by Lucy Alibar, who was nominated for a screenwriting Oscar with Benh Zeitlin for their script for 2012’s “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” The project was scheduled to start production in the New Orleans area this week and continue for 30 days of principal photography. Production placards for the film were spotted Monday (May 21) in the Mandeville area.

Plot details of have yet to be released. The filmmaking duo known as Bert & Bertie (“Dance Camp”) will direct, with Todd Black (“The Equalizer,” “The Magnificent Seven”) producing. No release date has been announced.

As previously reported, Oldman (“Darkest Hour”) will be in town in June for the locally set crime drama “The Bayou,” in which he will star as a hit man named Tickie Bordeaux. Larson (“Room”) is playing the title role in the superhero film “Captain Marvel,” which is expected to shoot for about 10 days in New Orleans and Baton Rouge around July 4.

They are among a number of productions shooting, or preparing to shoot, in town, including the feature films “Think Like a Dog,” “Darkest Dark” and “Gambit,” as well as a raft of TV series, including new seasons of “Claws,” “Preacher” and “NCIS: New Orleans.”

Viola Davis to Star in Amazon Film ‘Troupe Zero’

Variety shares that Viola has been cast in the film Troupe Zero.

Viola Davis is attached to star in Amazon Studios film “Troupe Zero,” sources tell Variety.

Duo Bert & Bertie are also attached to direct “Troupe Zero” for Amazon from a script by Lucy Alibar, with Todd Black producing. The duo has credits in film, animation, documentaries, video games, and commercials and is repped by Verve and Hirsch Wallerstein.

Plot details are being kept under wraps. Amazon Studios is also financing the pic. It hasn’t yet been decided when the film will shoot, given Davis’ busy schedule.

Davis has scored success in both TV and film in recent years, winning an Emmy and SAG Award for her starring role in ABC’s hit “How to Get Away With Murder,” and nabbing an Oscar in 2016 for “Fences.”

Davis has also become a heavy-hitter behind the scenes with her production company JuVee Productions, which she co-created with her husband, Julius Tennon. The company is currently developing a handful of films, including a movie adaptation of Rachel Lloyd’s critically acclaimed novel “Girl’s Like Us.”

Along with “How to Get Away With Murder,” which returns after the Olympics with its highly anticipated crossover with “Scandal,” Davis can be seen next in the Steve McQueen thriller “Widows.” The movie is McQueen’s first since “12 Years a Slave” and also stars Cynthia Erivo and Elizabeth Debicki.

She is repped by CAA and the Lasher Group.