Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness breakout Xochitl Gomez has landed her next role. The young actress will join Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim, Birds of Prey) in Ursa Major for directing duo The Baker Brothers.
The news comes courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, with the outlet stating that Winstead and Gomez will play mother and daughter in the film. Charlie (Winstead) and Natalie (Gomez) will find themselves fighting for survival on what is described as an Earth-like planet, as they hide from a group of relentless hunters as a deadly storm approaches. As a teenager, though, Natalie will come to question her mother’s actions, the explanation behind who they are, why they got there and what they need in order to survive.
The Baker Brothers, Jonathan and Josh Baker, are directing the film from a script by Patrick Somerville (Station Eleven), Colleen O’Brien and Katie French. Somerville will produce the film with David Eisenberg via Tractor Beam. James Hoppe and Jack Byrnes will executive produce the project in association with XYZ Films, with the latter looking to attract buyers to the project during this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, which kicks off next week.
The Baker Brothers are relatively new to Hollywood. They made their directorial debut with 2018’s Kin, which was an adaptation of their 2015 short film titled Bag Man. As for Gomez, prior to co-headling Multiverse of Madness, the young actress starred in The Babysitter’s Club for Netflix. While Winstead is perhaps best known for her role in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and her recent portrayal as Huntress in Birds of Prey.