Gina Rodriguez is headlining the cast of the upcoming Netflix sci-fi thriller ‘Awake’, and now the cast has rounded up three pretty big names– Jennifer Jason Leigh, Barry Pepper, and Finn Jones. They join the already announced cast members Ariana Greenblatt, Frances Fisher, Shamier Anderson, Lucius Hoyos, and Gil Bellows. Mark Raso is directing from a script he co-wrote with his brother Joseph Raso and Greg Poirier. The Raso brothers and Rodriguez are also executive producing. The movie is currently in production in Canada.
‘Awake’ is set after a sudden global event wipes out all electronics and takes away humankind’s ability to sleep, and chaos quickly begins to consume the world. Rodriguez’s character may hold the key to a cure in the form of her own daughter while she faces the prospect of saving the world before she herself loses her mind.
Rodriguez has a strong relationship with Netflix, having previously co-starred in another Netflix sci-fi movie ‘Annihilation‘, and lends her voice to two Netflix original cartoons, the kid-friendly ‘Carmen Sandiego’ and the kid-unfriendly ‘Big Mouth’. ‘Carmen Sandiego’ has been announced as being turned into a live-action theatrical movie, with Rodriguez portraying the titular thief. She is best known for headlining The CW’s ‘Jane the Virgin’, which ran for five seasons, earning Rodriguez a Golden Globe Award.
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Director Raso also has a relationship with Netflix, having helmed the original movie ‘Kodachrome’ starring Ed Harris, Jason Sudeikis, and Elizabeth Olsen.
Jennifer Jason Leigh co-starred with Rodriguez in ‘Annihilation’, and she starred on the Netflix drama series ‘Atypical’. She may also be remembered for roles in the ’90s thrillers ‘Single White Female’ and ‘Dolores Claiborne’. Pepper was last seen on the big screen in the horror movie ‘Crawl’. He also starred as Vince in the ‘Maze Runner’ films. Like Lee, he also starred in some pretty big ’90s movies like ‘The Green Mile’ and ‘Saving Private Ryan’. Finn Jones starred in the Netflix series ‘Iron Fist’ as Marvel superhero Danny Rand. He also co-starred in the crossover event series ‘The Defenders’. He played Loras Tyrell on several seasons of ‘Game of Thrones’.
Since ‘Awake’ is now filming, it should arrive on Netflix sometime next year.