9:40 am EST, November 8, 2019

Zoe Saldana and Reese Witherspoon teaming for Netflix series

Zoe Saldana and Reese Witherspoon are teaming up behind the camera for a new limited series called From Scratch on Netflix.

Zoe Saldana and Reese Witherspoon are coming together to make a new limited series based on the memoir From Scratch by Tembi Locke. Saldana is set to star and executive produce the series (along with her sisters Cisely Saldana and Mariel Saldana) while Witherspoon will also serve as executive producer.

And for those who fell in love with Locke’s story in the book, never fear, Locke’s sister Attica Locke (who was a writer on Ava DuVernay’s hit limited series, When They See Us) will be serving as showrunner and executive producer to make sure the show stays true to her sister’s story.

As Variety reports, From Scratch is an autobiographical romance about an American woman who is studying abroad in Italy. While she is there, she falls in love with a Sicilian man and tries to build a life with him in America. However, when he suddenly passes away due to an unexpected illness, she is left to pull herself out of the pits of grief to raise the daughter the two had together and rebuild a life full of joy, love, and hope.

Zoe Saldana expressed her excitement over bringing Locke’s story to Netflix in a statement to Variety, saying, “This is a profound true story of love and family, deprivation and nourishment, that needs to be brought to life on the screen as Tembi Locke brought it vividly to life for me on the page. We are grateful to Netflix and thrilled to be working with Reese, Lauren, Attica and 3 Arts on this wonderful project.”

Witherspoon echoed Saldana’s feelings, saying, “Tembi’s memoir is a raw and tender exhibition of life in all its pieces. She brings you into her love, her loss and her resilience with such vulnerability and strength. We immediately fell for Attica and Tembi’s vision and feel honored to have the opportunity to help bring it to life on-screen. We could not imagine more perfect partners for this than Zoe and her sisters and 3 Arts Entertainment, along with the incredible team at Netflix.”

From Scratch has certainly resonated with readers, hitting the market from Simon & Schuster in April 2019 and earning the title of Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine May 2019 book pick. So, it is no surprise to hear that a Netflix adaptation is already in the works, and we’re so excited to see Zoe Saldana bring Locke’s story to life on Netflix.

If you haven’t gotten a chance to experience From Scratch, you can pick up the memoir now wherever books are sold.

Source: Variety

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