Noma Dumezweni Joins Naomi Watts and Bill Murray in Adaptation of Sigrid Nunez’s Novel ‘The Friend’


Noma Dumezweni is making waves with not one but two exciting projects on the horizon. The talented actress is set to showcase her skills in ‘The Friend’ alongside Naomi Watts and Bill Murray, and she’ll take the lead in the Apple TV+ sci-fi drama series, ‘Murderbot,’ opposite Alexander Skarsgård.

In ‘The Friend,’ Naomi Watts and Bill Murray, known for their previous collaboration in “St. Vincent,” reunite to bring Sigrid Nunez’s bestselling novel to life. Directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel, the indie project features Dumezweni, Sarah Pidgeon, Constance Wu, and Ann Dowd in its stellar cast. The film, currently in production in New York, explores the intricacies of a New York writer’s life as she copes with the unexpected loss of her lifelong friend and mentor.

The story unfolds against the backdrop of a complex literary legacy, three quirky ex-wives, and an enormous, heartbroken Great Dane named Apollo. Watts, not only starring but also executive producing, showcases her multi-faceted involvement in the project. With production underway and support from notable producers, including Liza Chasin, fans can anticipate a compelling cinematic experience.

Noma Dumezweni takes the lead in the Apple TV+ sci-fi drama series, ‘Murderbot,’ based on Martha Wells’ award-winning book series, ‘The Murderbot Diaries.’ The show, produced by Chris and Paul Weitz under their Depth of Field banner, follows the journey of a self-hacking security android navigating the complexities of human emotion while completing a dangerous assignment.

Dumezweni’s character, Mensah, adds depth to the narrative, alongside co-stars Alexander Skarsgård and David Dastmalchian. With the Weitz brothers handling writing, directing, and producing duties, and Martha Wells serving as a consulting producer, ‘Murderbot’ promises to be a captivating addition to the sci-fi genre.

Noma Dumezweni, a two-time Olivier Award winner and Tony nominee, continues to make her mark in the entertainment industry with diverse roles, from action thrillers to iconic Disney productions. As she embarks on these new ventures, fans eagerly anticipate her upcoming performances in ‘The Friend’ and ‘Murderbot.’ Stay tuned for more updates on these exciting Hollywood projects!

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