Zoe Saldana to Star in ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ Miniseries on NBC

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Zoe Saldana as Uhura in Star Trek Into Darkness Zoe Saldana to Star in Rosemarys Baby Miniseries on NBC

NBC’s planned miniseries based on Stephen King novel The Tommyknockers has the benefit of not having too much to live up to, but the network’s other upcoming horror miniseries, Rosemary’s Baby, doesn’t get off quite so lightly. Ira Levin’s 1867 novel was originally adapted into a film by Roman Polanski, which went on to get an Oscar nod for its screenplay (a rarity for horror films).

Rosemary’s Baby is a supernatural suspense thriller about a young couple who move into an old apartment building, inhabited by strange and eccentric residents. After a disturbing nightmare in which she is raped by the devil, Rosemary falls pregnant and begins to suspect a sinister conspiracy surrounding her unborn child.

Under other circumstances the four-hour miniseries based on Rosemary’s Baby might be eyed dismissively by fans of the original film, but NBC has won a lot of favor with its outstanding first season of Hannibal, a show based on the novels by Thomas Harris. Today’s announcement from NBC that Star Trek Into Darkness actor Zoe Saldana has been cast in the lead role as Rosemary only makes this miniseries sound all the more worth watching.

Mia Farrow in Rosemarys Baby Zoe Saldana to Star in Rosemarys Baby Miniseries on NBC

The story has been altered slightly, with Rosemary and Guy moving to an apartment in Paris in New York, but if anything this change in location will only add to the protagonist’s sense of displacement and isolation. Rosemary’s Baby is set to begin filming on location later this month, which means that it could be on our screens in late 2014.

The script for Rosemary’s Baby was written by James Wong (American Horror Story) and Scott Abbott (Queen of the Damned), and the miniseries will be directed by¬†Agnieszka Holland (The Wire). No other cast members have yet been announced, but it will be interesting to find out who is playing Rosemary’s husband, as well as her interfering neighbours, the Castevets.

With four hours in which to let the story breathe, Rosemary’s Baby has the potential to be a worthy modern take on Levin’s novel, and Saldana is a solid casting choice for the lead. We look forward to seeing the first trailer.


We’ll keep you updated on Rosemary’s Baby as the project develops.

Source: NBC

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    • Grow up you cry baby!

      On another note I like this woman she is so freaking fine and it’s a treat to know that we will see her on the small screen as well.

      • I completely agree.

        Even though i am suprised thet there will be a tv-remake of this legendary film the fact that my all time favourite actress,the gorgeous Zoe Saldana,will play the role made famous by Mia Farrow makes me want to watch this even more.

        Cannot wait to see the first traller.

  2. I’m sorry MintChocolate, does the original novel specify the character as white? Is it not plausible that these things could happen to people of color? I love the fact that filmmakers have the freedom to change the race of a character when the race/ethnicity is nit central to what makes them who they are.

    • I don’t think that race is central to who this character is. I think that the producers have made a smart choice in changing the race of this character. Also, Zoe is a very experienced and talented actress. I’m sure that she will do an amazing job.

      This story needs to be updated and changed because it’s old. It has been done at least twice before (Mia Farrow; Shirley Jones).

      Is this even going to be the same Rosemary or is this going to be another woman chosen by the devil to have his baby after his previous attempt to have a son take over the world failed?
      I hope they do a totally updated modernized version of the story. Instead of being an actor, Rosemary’s husband could be perhaps a candidate for some political office such as the mayor’s office or a senate seat.

      While they are re-making movies like this, I hope that some very talented producer at least seriously considers re-making or doing a sequel to The Devil’s Advocate. It would be difficult, if not impossible, to out-do Keanu Reaves and Al Pacino in these roles. However in the new sequel version, Keanu’s character might not exist. Keanu’s character would have been just another failed attempt by the devil to have a son take over the world. The devil then has another son. This son is probably a politician, who graduated from one of the best law schools in the USA. His job is to become president and take over world.

  3. Even though I haven’t been the biggest fans of the movies she’s been in overall I really like Saldana as an actress and think this is an interesting and inspiring choice…

    Before Hannibal I would have been quite wary of this being on NBC but after season 1 of the show I have a good sense that we won’t be seeing a watered down TV version of Rosemary’s Baby. I also hope that NBC takes advantage of the fact that Halloween falls on a Friday this year and they could promote this as an event around the day and air it on Thursday and Friday and maybe then could start a annual tradition of airing made for TV movies or mini-series around Halloween every year.

  4. Love the movie…watched both parts of the miniseries. Wife and I enjoyed all the characters especially Ms. Saldana. She is very talented.