Zoe Saldana, known for her action-filled roles in Avatar, Star Trek Into Darkness and Colombiana, will nurse her maternal instincts when she stars in the new version of Rosemary's Baby. The NBC miniseries will explore the unsettling world created by novelist Ira Levin in 1968.
The action has been moved from Manhattan to Paris for the four-hour series, according to Deadline. Saldana will play Rosemary, the role originated by Mia Farrow in Roman Polanski's 1969 film version, a young wife who moves with her husband into an apartment building with a sinister history. Then, "after finally getting pregnant, she becomes increasingly suspicious that both her husband and their mysterious neighbors have ulterior motives about the future of her child." Production will begin soon under the direction of Agnieszka Holland (Treme, The Killing).
The first version was highly influential, both in terms of its dark, atmospheric style, and also its storyline of a pregnancy fraught with horrific peril, echoes of which are apparent in the upcoming Devil's Due. Saldana has proven her dramatic chops over the years, so it will be great to see her applying her talents to a horror showcase. Before that happens, though, her turn in the superpowered team-up Guardians of the Galaxy will hit theaters in August.