Avast ye landlubbers and get ready for a pirates in the Caribbean movie! Not the Disney version, but the recent Netflix acquisition, The Bluff.
Set in the 1800s Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic’s Zoe Saldana is set to play the lead, Ercell, in the high-seas drama.
Ercell is a Caribbean woman whose secret past is revealed when her island is invaded by vicious buccaneers.
Film director, scriber and 2009 Caribbean Heritage Organization’s Rising Sun recipient, Frank E. Flowers will be directing and co-writing the script.
CHM caught up with Flowers virtually in his native Cayman Islands where he is safely hibernating from the COVID-19 virus. I asked him his thoughts on getting this project that hits so close to home.
“God is good! It’s a blessing to have such an incredible team of creatives come together to make a feature film that has authentic Caymanian roots, with commercial action elements starring a female lead who hails from the Caribbean. Like many young women, my daughter looks up to Zoe and is inspired by her pride in her Caribbean culture. I am so thankful to be a part of changing the narrative in Hollywood about what it means to be a “hero”.”
This is not Saldana’s first time wreaking havoc on the high seas. She portrayed Anamaria in Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.”
“Zoe is a multi-talented, bright, and shining light. I have had the privilege of working with her over the years not only in her capacity as an actress, but also as a producer and director,” says Flowers. “Regardless of whether she is in front of or behind the camera, Zoe raises the caliber of anyone who works with her.”
The film will be produced by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Mike Larocca and Angela Russo-Otstot for AGBO, and Saldana’s Cinestar Pictures.