Oscar-winning writer/director/producer John Ridley’s next picture is a science fiction drama called ‘Needle In A Timestack’, adapted from a short story by Robert Silverberg. The film is set in a world where time travel is possible and reality is flexible due to people tinkering with the past present and future. A man discovers his marriage has been erased by a rival and must fight to win his former wife back. Ridley won the Academy Award in 2014, for writing the screenplay to ’12 Years A Slave’. Lately, he has been busy with television work, on shows such as ABC’s ‘American Crime’ and Showtime’s ‘Guerrilla’.
Four cast members have been added– Leslie Odom Jr., Freida Pinto, Cynthia Erivo, and Orlando Bloom. Because ‘Needle In A Timestack’ is in pre-production, it’s unknown what their roles are.
Odom Jr. may be best known for his stage work, having won the Tony and Grammy Awards for his role in ‘Hamilton’. He was seen last year in Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Murder on the Orient Express’. Prior to that, he appeared in the film ‘Red Tails’ and on television, he had recurring roles on ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’, ‘Person of Interest’, ‘Smash’, and ‘CSI: Miami’. He will be seen in the movie ‘Sister’ directed by Sia (the pop singer?), which also features Kate Hudson and Gina Weber and in the CBS All Access murder mystery series ‘$1’.
Pinto starred on Ridley’s ‘Guerrilla’ and has since also starred in Hulu’s ‘The Path’. Previously, she appeared in ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’, ‘Day of the Falcon’, and ‘Immortals’, after her big break came in 2008’s ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. She appears in this fall’s ‘Mowgli’ which was directed by motion capture pro Andy Serkis, who voices Baloo and heads up a cast that includes Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Matthew Rhys and arrives on October 19, 2018.
Pinto co-stars with Odom Jr. in the upcoming science fiction film ‘Only’, written and directed by Takashi Doscher.
Like Leslie Odom Jr., Erivo is best known for her stage work, for which she has won multiple awards, including the Tony and Grammy for ‘The Color Purple’. She also starred in the stage adaptation ‘Sister Act’. She will be seen in this fall’s thriller ‘Bad Times At El Royale’, directed by Drew Goddard and features Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Johnson, John Hamm, Nick Offerman, and Jeff Bridges. After that, she will appear in Steve McQueen’s crime drama ‘Widows’ with Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Colin Farrell and Liam Neeson. Next year, she will be seen in Doug Liman’s ‘Chaos Walking’ with Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, Mads Mikkelsen, David Oyelowo, and Nick Jonas.
Perhaps the best known of these actors is Orlando Bloom, who is of course famous for the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’, ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ franchises. He will next be seen starring in Amazon’s fantasy/murder mystery ‘Carnival Row, opposite Cara Delevingne. Last year, he appeared on HBO’s ‘Tour de Pharmacy’ heading up an all-star cast that also included (among others) Andy Samberg, John Cena, Daveed Diggs, Danny Glover, Jeff Goldblum, Freddie Highmore, James Marsden, and Maya Rudolph with Lance Armstrong and Mike Tyson.
No production or release date was announced for ‘Needle In A Timestack’.