Laverne Cox joins McG’s Netflix Fantasy Movie ‘Uglies’
By Matt Grobar via Deadline Hollywood
DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD EXCLUSIVE: Laverne Cox (Promising young woman, Orange is the new black) is the latest addition to the cast of Grimme, the dystopian fantasy film based on Scott Westerfeld’s international bestseller of the same name, which McG directs for Netflix.
She joins a cast led by Joey King, which also includes Keith Powers, Brianne Tju and Chase Stokes, as previously announced.
Grimme takes place in a world where a mandatory surgery at sixteen makes everyone beautiful by adapting to an ideal standard of beauty. While King is likely to portray the novel’s main character, Tally Youngblood, the role to be played by Cox has not yet been revealed.
Krista Vernoff was responsible for the script adaptation. John Davis and Jordan Davis produce for Davis Entertainment Company, with Robyn Meisinger for Anonymous Content, Dan Spilo for Industry Entertainment and McG and Mary Viola for Wonderland. Joey King co-produces with Jamie King, Scott Westerfeld and John Fox.
Cox is a two-time SAG Award winner and a four-time Emmy nominee, best known for her tour as Litchfield Penitentiary inmate Sophia Burset in Netflix’s Emmy-winning series, Orange is the new black, created by Jenji Kohan. She will next be seen in Shonda Rhimes’ Netflix miniseries Inventor Anna, which premieres on February 11. The actress has also appeared on the TV site in The blacklist, Fight your enthusiasm, Awkafina is Nora from Queens, A Black Lady Sketch Show, Dear white people, The Mindy project, Doubt and more. Her film credits include Emerald Fennell’s Oscar winner Promising young woman, in which she starred opposite Carey Mulligan; Justin Simiens Hulu horror comedy, Bad hair; and writer-director Paul Weitz’s acclaimed Sony Pictures Classics drama, grandmother.
Cox is represented by ICM Partners, PH Entertainment Group and Peikoff Mahan.
Original article: ‘Uglies’: Laverne Cox joins McG’s Netflix Fantasy Film – Deadline