Margaret Qualley, Anthony Mackie & Danny Huston Lead Sci-Fi Pic ‘IO’
Margaret Qualley, Anthony Mackie and Danny Huston are set to star in IO, a sci-fi pic IO for director Jonathan Helpert. Shooting starts this week in France on the film, which follows one girl’s coming of age while examining the dangers of humanity’s current relationship with the planet. Netflix will stream the movie starting next year.
Qualley will play Sam Walden, a teenager surviving as one of the last people on an abandoned post-cataclysmic Earth, who is racing to find a cure for her poisoned home world before the last shuttle off the planet to the distant human space colony leaves her stranded. Mackie will play Micah, a complicated and mysterious refugee on his way to the imminent shuttle launch who makes Sam question whether she can really alter Earth’s fate.
Mandalay Pictures’ Jason Michael Berman and Untitled Entertainment’s Laura Rister will produce IO. The project was developed at the Sundance Institute’s Writers Lab and the Sundance Institute Catalyst Forum. Clay Jeter, Charles Spano and Will Basanta penned the original script.
Qualley is repped by UTA, Management 360 and Sloane Offer. Mackie is with UTA and Inspire Entertainment. Huston is repped by WME, Julian Belfrage Associates, Untitled Entertainment and Myman Abell. Helpert is with WME.
I’ve added some captures of Margaret (as Amelia Kuttner) in the film, The Nice Guys (2016).
The daughter of the actress Andie MacDowell, Qualley had just finished a stint at New York’s American Ballet Theater and was on the verge of joining a professional company in her native North Carolina when she decided she no longer wanted to be a dancer. “I just realized I was chasing an expired dream,” says Qualley, now 21. She eventually enrolled at NYU to study acting, but left after just a semester, when “The Leftovers,” on which she plays the angsty teenager Jill Garvey, was picked up by HBO. Her latest role, as an activist who goes missing in Shane Black’s neo-noir crime comedy “The Nice Guys,” put her face to face with one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, who gave her some much-needed encouragement. “My first night shooting, I had to run down the windshield of a car, and it was like 12 degrees and snowing and I was wearing a dress that wasn’t exactly thermal,” Qualley says. “But then Ryan Gosling was like, ‘You look like a superhero,’ and I thought, ‘I’ll stand out in the freezing cold for life now. I’m good.’”