Oscar winner Jamie Foxx and two-time Golden Globe nominee Joseph Gordon-Levitt are set to co-star in Netflix‘s untitled sci-fi movie from CATFISH directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. Mattson Tomlin (BOY) wrote the script, which concerns a drug epidemic that gives people a range of superpowers. The protagonist is believed to be a teenage actress of color who finds herself dealing the drug to help care for her family. Sources say Foxx will play a family man who has suffered a great loss and is desperate to trace the drug’s supply line and find its designer, while Gordon-Levitt will play a beat cop who takes law enforcement matters into his own hands.
Eric Newman (CHILDREN OF MEN) and Bryan Unkeless (I, TONYA) will produce via their Screen Arcade banner under their first-look deal with Netflix. Unkeless recently produced the Netflix movie FIRST MATCH, which won the Audience Award at SXSW earlier this year. Newman produced Netflix’s second original series ‘Hemlock Grove’ and currently serves as a writer, executive producer and the showrunner on ‘Narcos’, which he conceived, packaged and brought to the streaming service in 2014.
Foxx is currently filming WB’s courtroom drama JUST MERCY alongside Michael B. Jordan and Brie Larson, and he next stars opposite Taron Egerton in ROBIN HOOD, which hits theaters on Nov. 21. He also hosts and executive produces the popular TV show ‘Beat Shazam’, which was recently renewed by Fox for a third season. Foxx also recently wrapped his directorial debut and he’ll soon begin filming Blumhouse’s SPAWN with Jeremy Renner.
Gordon-Levitt recently hosted The Comedy Central Roast of Bruce Willis and he next stars in the indie thriller 7500, which follows an airline hijacking. His last major role was in Oliver Stone‘s SNOWDEN, though he has been busy developing a variety of projects including the musical WINGMEN, the KKK drama K TROOP, and FRAGGLE ROCK.