WEEK IN WOMEN: Kyra Sedgwick to direct Rebecca Banner’s SPACE ODDITY – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Primetime Emmy Award winner Kyra Sedgwick is directing the science fiction romantic comedy Space Oddity from Rebecca Banner’s acclaimed 2016 Black List screenplay.

Filming in Rhode Island, the independent production stars Kyle Allen (Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story), Alexandra Shipp (the X-Men franchise), and Madeline Brewer (The Handmaid’s Tale).

Space Oddity” centers on Alex (Allen), who gives up on Earth and decides to leave it all behind for a one-way mission to Mars, until he develops an unexpected romance with Daisy (Shipp), an enigmatic newcomer. The newfound relationship forces Alex to choose between an uncertain journey to the stars and an even more uncertain journey of the heart, according to a news release.

Brewer will play Liz, Alex’s sister, who has reluctantly returned to the farm where she grew up.

Valerie Stadler is producing with Jack Greenbaum and Richard Arlook for The Arlook Group and Mickey Schiff for Unique Features. Executive producers are Bob Shaye, Ibrahim Al Husseini, JL Pomeroy, Brent Emery, Susan Cartonis, Suzanne Farwell and Anne Clements.

Space Oddity is the first feature Sedgwick and Stadler are producing under their banner Big Swing Productions. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.