Kyra Sedgwick to direct Rebecca Banner’s Black List sci-fi rom-com ‘Space Oddity’

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Kyra Sedgwick appears in the TV series “Call Your Mother.” [ABC photo]

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 AlHusseini, 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.

“As soon as I read ‘Space Oddity,’ I knew this was a film I had to direct. This family is so beautifully flawed, so perfectly human. The humor and the heart jumped off the page. We started Big Swing to tell just this kind of story – one that centers on hope but never shies away from the struggle that makes us all part of this fragile experiment on Earth,” Sedgwick said in a statement.

“There is no better place to film this story than in the beautiful state of Rhode Island. Shooting ‘Space Oddity’ in Rhode Island is a breath of fresh air. Everyone from the Rhode Island Film office to the town of Wickford has welcomed us with open arms.”

“Space Oddity” is the second feature film for Sedgwick as a director, after 2017’s “Story of a Girl.” She received a Director’s Guild of America nomination for helming that Lifetime telefilm.

Sedgwick starred and executive produced the TNT drama series “The Closer,” for which she received five lead actress in a drama series Emmy nominations, winning in 2010. She’s an eight-time Golden Globe nominee and won best actress in a television drama series for “The Closer” in 2007. She also has directed episodes of the TV series “Ray Donovan,”
“Grace and Frankie,” “City on a Hill” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”

Principal photography on “Space Oddity” started in late June in Rhode Island, according to a news release.

“It’s great to see a new movie being made in Rhode Island – especially one that showcases our beautiful state. With our unique landscape and talented local artists, Rhode Island is an ideal location for filmmakers. Every time a production shoots here we see a positive impact on our local businesses. This is the type of energy that keeps moving our economy forward,” said Rhode Island Gov. Daniel J. McKee in a statement.

— BAM

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