Cynthia Erivo to star in and produce film adaptation of her sci-fi podcast ‘Carrier’

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Cynthia Erivo arrives at the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 5, 2020. [Photo by Kevork Djansezian/NBC]

Cynthia Erivo is following up on her recent Oscar run by bringing her podcast “Carrier” to the movie screens.

Tony, Grammy and Emmy winner will star in and produce the sci-fi thriller for Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners, according to Variety.

The movie is based on the podcast “Carrier,” created by audio studio QCode and Dan Blank, who also will write and direct the film. Erivo starred in and co-produced the seven-episode season of the “Carrier” podcast.

In the film adaptation, she will reprise her role as Raylene, a truck driver who covers for her sick father on an off-the-books long-haul trucking job. She quickly realizes that her enigmatic cargo is a global threat, as an array of outside forces begin targeting her in the hopes of destroying or controlling what she’s hauling.

“It’s an absolute pleasure to be able to bring this podcast to the screen and marks the beginning of a new adventure in creativity for me as a producer,” Erivo said, in a statement, per Variety.

In addition to Erivo, Automatik’s Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and QCode partner Rob Herting are producing. Fred Berger and David Henning will executive produce.

Amblin Partners’ president of production Jeb Brody and creative executive John Buderwitz will oversee production for the studio, according to Variety.

“A great story can transcend its medium to find new forms and new audiences,” Brody said, per Variety. “Cynthia, Dan and QCode created a gripping and entertaining podcast that deserved all the praise and attention it garnered. We can’t wait to work with them to tell this story in its next evolution.”

Erivo was nominated for the Academy Award for best actress for portraying former slave and abolitionist Harriet Tubman in last year’s biopic “Harriet.” She also shared an Oscar nod for best original song with Joshuah Brian Campbell for the “Harriet” anthem “Stand Up.”

The English performer broke out with her stellar starring turn in the Broadway revival of “The Color Purple,” for which she won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical. She also shared with the rest of the cast the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Musical Performance in a Daytime Program.

Her previous screen credits include the heist film “Widows” and the thriller “Bad Times at the El Royale.”

-BAM

 

 

 

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