Alexander Maksik adapted his novel A Marker To Measure Drift into a screenplay. The film, titled Drift, is currently in production in Greece. Cynthia Erivo, known for her work in Harriet and her Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award winning performance as Celie in The Color Purple was recently announced in Deadline as one of the Drift’s leads. Starring alongside Erivo is Arrested Development’s Alia Shawkat.
From Manuscript to Screen
Drift marks director Anthony Chen’s third feature, starring Cynthia Erivo And Alia Shawkat. Chen, the first Singaporean to win the Camera d’Or award in the Cannes Film Festival, makes his English-language debut. In addition, Emilie Georges and Peter Spears have teamed up again. The duo previously produced another book-to-film adaptation, Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name. Moreover, Naima Abed is executive producing as well.
Erivo and Shawkat Outside of “Drift”
The announcement of Erivo’s work on the film comes after a particularly busy season already lined up for the English actress. She will star as iconic wicked witch, Elphaba, in John M. Chu’s upcoming Wicked and Wicked: Part Two films. According to her IMDB, she is also soon to appear in the films Pinocchio, Blink Speed, and Carrier.
Shawkat, child of film producer Tony Shawkat, also had a busy season finishing up filming the final season of her HBO Max series, Search Party. Furthermore, she recently played a major role in Being the Ricardos, starring Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem.
Anthony Chen on His Upcoming Feature
“Drift is a compelling and deeply affecting story about the strength of the human spirit,” Chen said. “It has been an emotional experience developing this film in the past few years, particularly during the challenging days of the pandemic… I’m thrilled to mark my English language feature debut working alongside the remarkable talents of Cynthia and Alia.” According to Deadline.
In the meantime, be sure to check out Cynthia Erivo And Alia Shawkat movies and shows.