BRITISH ACTRESS Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who stars opposite Will Smith in his latest film Concussion, is in final negotiations to join the US drama Miss Sloane.
The script, penned by Jonathan Perera, tells of Elizabeth Sloane, a political fixer with an abused and abusive past who takes on Washington’s well-oiled gun lobby to pass gun legislation. The story is set in motion when new legislation requiring more stringent background checks for gun ownership gains traction in Congress.
Sloane is approached to spearhead the campaign, quickly finding herself pit against the formidable power of her political opponents. Deploying her notorious skills, and driven by a desire to win at all costs, she jeopardizes those closest to her, and puts her own career at risk.
Mbatha-Raw will play a gun-control lobbyist with a secret.
The 32-year-old next stars opposite Matthew McConaughey in Free State of Jones, the Civil War drama written and directed by Gary Ross that STX is releasing May 13, and she has a plum role in Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast, which doesn’t open until 2018.