Kerry Washington and Sterling K Brown Action Film ‘Shadow Force’ Acquired by Lionsgate

Kerry Washington and Sterling K. Brown are attached to star in an action film called “Shadow Force,” acquired by Lionsgate, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Washington and Brown will both star in and produce a film that’s in the vein of “Mr. and Mrs. Smith.” Leon Chills wrote the action movie.

Simpson Street’s Pilar Savone and Washington will produce through her production banner Simpson Street alongside Pilar Savone, as well as with Danielle Reardon and Brown for their Indian Meadows Productions. Stephen Love is producing through his Made with Love Media banner.

Washington, who stars in ABC’s “Scandal,” is currently filming “Little Fires Everywhere,” a Hulu miniseries that is directed by Lynn Shelton and based on a novel by Celeste Ng. She most recently starred in “American Son,” which Simpson Street produced and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. It will debut on Netflix on Nov. 1.

Brown’s next role comes in the latest season of “This is Us” and in “Waves,” which premiered at Telluride and is a family drama from A24 and director Trey Edward Schults. He’ll also be seen opposite Blake Lively in the spy movie “The Rhythm Section” opening next year and directed by Reed Morano.

Washington is represented by Washington Square Arts, CAA and attorney Gretchen Rush. Brown is represented by Jennifer Wiley-Stockton of JWS Entertainment, Innovative Artists and Ziffren Brittenham.

Deadline first reported the news of the acquisition.

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